Poisoned Bread: Translations from Modern Marathi Dalit Literature

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Silenced for centuries by caste prejudice and social oppression, the Dalits of Maharashtra (formerly called untouchables ) have only in the last forty years found a powerful voice in Marathi literature. The revolutionary social movement launched by their leader Dr Ambedkar was paralleled by a wave of writing that exploded in poetry, prose, fiction and autobiography of a raw vigour, maturity, depth and richness of content, and shocking in its exposition of the bitterness of their experiences. One is jolted, too, by the quality of writing by a group denied access for long ages to any literary tradition. This important collection is the first anthology of Dalit literature. The writers more than eighty of them presented here in English translations, are nearly all of the most prominent figures in Marathi Dalit literature, who have contributed to this unique phenomenon.

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Dangle, Arjun., born in Bombay in 1945, holds an M.A from Bombay University, and is an important name in the politics and literature of Maharashtra. A founder member of the militant Dalit youth organization, the Dalit Panthers, he is at present the president of the State Unit of the Bharatiy Republican Party of India. Dangle's collection of poems, Chhavani Halte Ahe, won the Maharashtra State Award in 1978. He has also published a collection of short stories, Hi Bandhavarchi Manse, and his Dalit Sahitya, Ek Abhyas, a critical work, is a standard reference book in many universities of Maharashtra. He has recently published Dalit Vidroha, a collection of essays on politics and literature. Many of his poems and short stories have been translated into various Indian and foreign languages.

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Text: English (translation)

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