Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Dark Sun and The Woman Who Wore a Hat

The Dark Sun and The Woman Who Wore a Hat
Kamal Desai
Translated from the Marathi by Sukhmani Roy
demy octavo pb 166pp 9 ISBN 81-85604-07-X Rs 140 Feb 1999

This translation provides access to two major works of a leading Marathi writer. The two novellas embody the tensions and cross-currents of an indigenous modernity even as they deconstruct it. Kamal Desai’s fiction is focused on the micro-levels of inner life where experience is held together by the compelling and never predictable struggle for selfhood. Nearly always, subtle and ongoing antagonisms structure and threaten Kamal Desai’s imagined communities.
A distinguished student and teacher of Marathi literature, Kamal Desai was born in 1928. Among her major books are Ratrandin Amha Yuddhacha Prasanga (We Are Confronting the War, Day and Night); Ranga (1962); Kala Surya and Hat Ghalnari Bai (1975). Sukhmani Roy associate professor, Department of English Literature and Language at P.N. Doshi College of Arts and K.U. R.Shah Women's College of Commerce, Ghatkopar, Bombay.

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