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The Inner Courtyard: Stories by Indian Women
The Inner Courtyard Stories by Indian Women Author:Lakshmi Holmstrom From the mass of Indian short fiction by women writing in India, Britain, and America, here is a constellation of some of the most dazzling stories. A spectrum of voices and an abundance of forms- from the ghost story to the animal fable- are all anchored in experiences of a multicultural and multilingual sub-continent. The overlapping worlds of... more » tradition and scepticism, of collective responsibilities and individual choice strike a tenuous balance giving us stories that are violent, funny, tragic as they explore old themes- caste and heirarchy, colonialism and its aftermath, relationships, sexuality and the search for identity- with new vigour.
This anthology boasts a distinguished range of writers from Anita Desai to Suniti Namjoshi, Kamala Das to Mashaveta Devi; it includes stories, some written in English, most translated from the regional languages- Urdu, Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam- that reflect a marvellous diversity, and provides a sampler of some of the finest writing from India.« less