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Author: Kuntala Kumari Sabat
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Mary Mohanty
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788126045662
Kuntala Kumari Sabat (1901-1938) was the ?rst woman novelist in Odia. She was also a poet, essayist, a social reformer, a nationalist, orator, feminist and a doctor.
In these three novels she deals with the position of women in a patriarchal society, their hopes and aspirations, the con?ict between female desire and patriarchy and the contemporary problems of those times such as child marriage, widowhood, polygamy, dowry, bride-price and other social evils. She also explores the female identity in these novels.
The Dark Bride (1925) is a poignant story of a child-widow, her suffering and empowerment. The Philosopher’s Stone (1925) is a heart-rending tale of the evils of child marriage. Raghu, the Orphan (1928), her major novel, interweaves all these with the struggle freedom.
About The Translator:
Mary Mohanty teaches English at S.C. S. (Auto) College, Puri (Odisha). A Ph.D in English from Utkal University, Odisha, she has translated A Leaf in the Stream (Autobiography) and Kuntala Kumari Sabat: A Miscellany. Her translations of poetry and short stories have been published in several reputed national and international anthologies and journals. She has also written a monograph on Kuntala Kurnari Sabat.
The Dark Bride (Kalibahu)
The Philosopher’s Stone (Parashmani)
Raghu, the Orphan (Raghu Arakshita)