Ashapurma Debi & Jharna Sanyal (Tr.)
Title The Magic Web and Other Stories: Ashapurna Debi on the Widow and Her World
Book Condition New
Publisher New Delhi, India Orient BlackSwan 2012
8125047085 / 9788125047087
Seller ID 101877
The Magic Web and Other Stories is a collection of eighteen of Ashapurna Debiís short stories on the lives of widows. One of the most prolific creative writers in Indian literature, Ashapurna Debi is known for her incisive chronicles of the Bengali middle-class. With women as her chosen subjects, her stories voice suppressed histories of intimate lives, and probe into the familial and social dynamics of relationships analysing the play of gender, caste and class. Through these stories, we are introduced to ritual-oriented drudges and gossip-mongering women, and to unbecoming women who refuse to hear the voice of everyday morality and silence the promptings of received values. One finds in the stories the rational, sensible, modern, urban gentleman all but merely the camouflaged victims of patriarchy. There are also tales where traces of deeply entrenched desires, expressed through gestures and silences, signify the buried yet pulsating emotions in the lives of women.Printed Pages: 244.
The Magic Web and Other Stories: Ashapurna Debi on the Widow and Her World Ashapurma Debi & Jharna Sanyal (Tr.)