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Author Name    Prafulla Roy

Title   In the Shadow of the Sun

Binding   Paperback

Book Condition   New

Jacket Condition   New

Edition   First Edition

Size   8.5 x 5.5 Inches

Publisher   New Delhi, India Roli Books 2004

ISBN    8174363335 / 9788174363336

Seller ID   003360

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.

Price = 6.99 USD


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