The Slate of Life: More Contemporary Stories by Women Writers of India

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This sequel to Truth Tales contains ten stories by ten of the most renowned and inventive writers of India, translated from nine different languages. Rich in regional flavor, each story offers a glimpse into the everyday lives of Indian women, from the passionate political commitment of a freedom fighter to the struggle of a temple sweeper's struggle to survive with dignity.

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The editors' wish, in this sequel to Truth Tales, that "the women in the stories... not be read either as exotic natives or as mere victims of patriarchal, class and caste violence" is fulfilled by the sheer quality of the 10 short stories they have selected. Translated from nine languages, these tales of women facing daily life span the subcontinent's variegated cultures and social strata, but hold in common an unsettling mix of natural beauty and the threat (or actuality) of violence and oppression. As the female protagonists straddle these extremes, their choices are sometimes dramatic and unpredictable, as in K. Saraswathi Amma's "The Subordinate," which recounts a temple-sweeper's struggle to maintain her daughter's sexual dignity; while in Chudamani Raghavan's subtle, symbolic "Counting the Flowers," a pretty girl counts the phallic-shaped blossoms of a nagalinga tree as her father "sells" her into marriage to the son of a wealthier family. A very intimate sense of rebellion pervades-perhaps explained by most of these accomplished writers coming of age during the mid-century's anti-Colonial era-and poignantly demonstrates that, in fiction at least, the personal is political enough.
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"These stories are dense with those customs, manners, and objects that usually remain locked within regional languages." New York Review of Books

"At turns witty, poignant, intense, joyous, this anthology reveals that women's struggle for power and autonomy is a universal urge." New Directions for Women

"The stories. . . evoke a vibrant society and people worth the encounter. A welcome addition to our knowledge of the subcontinent." Kirkus


"These stories are dense with those customs, manners, and objects that usually remain locked within regional languages." ―New York Review of Books

"At turns witty, poignant, intense, joyous, this anthology reveals that women's struggle for power and autonomy is a universal urge." ―New Directions for Women

"The stories. . . evoke a vibrant society and people worth the encounter. A welcome addition to our knowledge of the subcontinent." ―Kirkus

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