|Old Women - by Mahasweta Devi
Tr. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak.
Cover : Chittrovanu Mazumdar and Naveen Kishore
Pp. 106; Seagull; 1999
ISBN : 81 7046 144 8
"The two stories in this collection, 'Statue' (Murti) and 'The Fairy Tale of Mohanpur' (Mohanpurer Rupkatha), are touching, poignant tales, in both of which the protagonists are old women. In the first, a tragic, forbidden love returns to haunt Dulali, now an old woman pre-occupied only with filling her stomach and surviving from day to day. In the second, Andi loses her eyes through a combination of poverty, societal indifference and governmental apathy, even as she persists in her belief in fairy tale solutions. Mahasweta Devi is at her most tender in her sensitive, delicately-drawn portraits of these two old women, although her trenchant pen is as ruthless as eer in delineating the socio-economic oppression within which they forced to survive." (From the back cover of the book)
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