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The Inner Courtyard: Stories By Indian Women
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 tradition and skepticism,of co ...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by South Asia Books
(first published 1994)
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Well written but frankly left me wandering lost far outside my cultural milieu without even a signpost to guide me. Which made me think that the Indian writers I've loved (like Rushdie, Roy and Indian-Canadian Anita Rau Badami) are maybe writing with a more western audience in mind, or are masters of bridging cultural gaps. Or, I might just not be smart enough for this book.
17 authors, 17 stories, 17 distinct styles of writing and one hell of a read! This is by far, one of the best books I have read and made feel like I am part of their stories! I could relate to most all the characters, sympathize and empathize with a lot of them and feel their pain! It made me question and rethink my view on so many things I have taken for granted in my life! Though all the stories were really good and well written, some of the stories that caught my eye are "Revenge Herself, The ...more
I generally lean more towards short stories, and this an amazing book. An engaging collection of some of the finest Indian women writers. Every short story conveys a strong message. Selection, compilation and translation by Laxmi hölmstrom is perfect.
A fantastic collection of stories written in many different styles. It helps to have a brief knowledge/understanding on Indian history and culture to truly understand some of the stories, but it can also serve as an introduction to help you focus on a particular time/aspect of history and culture.