Author: Upendranath Ashk
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Daisy Rockwell
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780143417187
Hats and Doctors offer English readers the opportunity to savor, for the first time, the work of Upendranath Ashk, one of Hindi literature’s best-known and most controversial authors. The stories in this collection often display a wry sense of humor, such as ‘The Dal Eaters’ in which a family of cheapskates journeys to Kashmir.
While Ashk’s satirical eye is employed to great effect in ‘The Cartoon Hero’, where a hapless traveler encounters a petty politician on a train, his talent for capturing human frailties is amply evident in ‘Furlough’ and ‘In the Insane Asylum’—two thought-provoking stories that later became part of his novel Girti Divarein.
And finally, stories such as ‘Mr Ghatpande’ and ‘Hats and Doctors’ give the reader a glimpse of some of Ashk’s primary personal preoccupations: his health and his hats. Exhibiting a lightness of touch and a deep engagement with the human condition, these stories come alive in Daisy Rockwell’s delightful translation
About The Translator
Daisy Rockwell is an artist and writer living in northern New England. She paints under the takhallus, or alias, Lapata (Urdu for ‘missing’), and has shown her artwork widely.
Rockwell holds a PhD in Hindi literature and has taught Hindi–Urdu and South Asian literature at a number of US universities. Apart from her essays on literature and art, she has written Upendranath Ashk: A Critical Biography and The Little Book of Terror, a new book of paintings and essays on the global war on terror. She is currently working on a translation of Ashk’s 1947 novel Girti Divarein.
Who Can Trust A Man?
Hats and Doctors
The Dal Eaters
The Cartoon Hero
Some Suds and a Smile
The Aubergine Plant
In the Insane Asylum
A Listless Evening
My First Letter of Resignation
Dying and Dying