Journals Higher Education



Published: 29 September 2010

196 Pages | 11 b&w illus.

6 1/8 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9780823234035

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Chouboli & Other Stories, Vol II

Vijaydan Detha, Translated by Christi A. Merrill, and Kailash Kabir
Translated by Christi A. Merrill and with Kailash Kabir

A Fordham University Press Publication

The rollicking, folk-based tales of Rajasthani writer Vijay Dan Detha have been winning awards in India since the 1970s. Detha has a gift for selecting the most provocative tales he hears from his fellow villagers and recreating them in a literary form as engaging and daring as his oral sources. The stories pose riddles that find new relevance across languages and eras: Who has the right to tell us whom to marry? What counts as truth when it comes to protecting someone we love? How do the epic stories we hear encourage us to repeat scenes of ethnic violence? Detha's tales combine the local Rajasthani storytelling idiom with narrative technique from the modern short story to set a new standard for contemporary writing in India. Translator Christi A Merrill has worked with the author and his Hindi translator Kailash Kabir to craft a style that allows these stories to come alive in English with equal inventiveness and vibrancy.


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