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1 Prafulla Roy (Author) & John W. Hood (Tr.)
Freedom's Ransom
IndiaInk/Roli Books; New Delhi, India; 8186939407 / 9788186939406; Softcover; New; 
In rural India, two worlds co-exist in extreme contrast to one another. There is the world of the big landowners, extraordinarily wealthy and hungry for power, and there is the world of the underclass - mostly untouchable landless labourers, toiling for a mere pittance and living in virtual thraldom. Prafulla Roy's contemporary masterpiece, translated here as Freedom's Ransom, encompasses these two worlds as he develops the intertwining story of a rich landholder's quest for political power and the touching tale of a young dalit couple and their dream of freedom from years of bonded labour. With remarkable candour and sensitivity, Prafulla Roy depicts the world of the rural underclass in what is a richly detailed social document, a critique of contemporary India and - as in all his works - a powerful story. Printed Pages: 313. 108482

Price: 5.45 USD
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2 Prafulla Roy
In the Shadow of the Sun
Roli Books; New Delhi, India; 2004; 8174363335 / 9788174363336; First Edition; Paperback; New; New; 
Here are sixteen of the finest of Prafulla Roy’s short stories, stories made fascinating merely by the realities of everyday life and the quirkiness of human character. This combination of the mundane with the odd – sometimes the exotic – is Roy’s simple recipe for great literary interest. We have a jungle-beater-cum-stray-dog-catcher and his role in the birth of a child; we have two strangers enjoying a passing moment of love after a vicious fight with an animal over food; we have a little girl – the daughter of a prostitute – who, in her own way, reaches the moon with Neil Armstrong. Then there are stories of the dreams – of beggars, of bird-catchers, of a tiger man and of a would-be film extra. There are stories of self-sacrifice on the part of those who have nothing, and of the exploitation of the weak by those who have everything. There are hypocrites and idealists, holy men and whores. There are the bidi-makers who do burlesque mimes, and there are small town thugs and manipulators. We meet the pathetic down-and-out who cannot get away from his roots, and we feel for the untouchable woman desperate for the protection of her seventh husband. In all, we have a colourful, tragic, heroic, amazing vista of underprivileged life in rural India. WINNER OF THE SAHITYA AKADEMI AWARD FOR LITERATURE 2004 Printed Pages: 247. 003360

Price: 6.99 USD
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