ISBN 9789351364986,The Primal Woman Stories

The Primal Woman Stories






Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9789351364986

ISBN-10 9351364984


Number of Pages 250 Pages
Language (English)

Short stories

When the East India Company sells one of its village bungalows to a Bengali aristocrat, the erstwhile manager, Hamilton sahib, finds himself homeless in his adopted country. A young woman remembers home only as a boxful of childhood memories and the room in which she has been imprisoned by a rich babu. A mother leaves behind her house and her notions of chastity in order to feed her children. A Muslim woman fights for her right to be identified as herself and not by her caste, religion or husband's name. One of the most powerful writers of his time, Sunil Gangopadhyay traces the dreams of a generation of men and women, taking you through the forgotten bylanes of Calcutta, past the canal that flows next to the newly built VIP Road, across the broken bridge to the village of Chitalmari and further back in time, to the mysterious cave where the Buddha's shadow still plays. In this collection, you will read about the desperation that drives human actions, the struggle to cull one's sense of self and the unending search for faith. Translated with rare feeling and felicity by one of India's finest translators, these fifteen stories explore a startling range of ideas that showcase the master storyteller at his finest. A brilliant collection of stories by one of India's foremost writers, translated by an award-winning translator and author.