238th out of 391 books — 75 voters
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.
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.