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Breast stories
by Mahasweta Devi      (Author ALERT)

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ProductID: 2170 - Paperback - 160 Pages (Year: 1998)
Seagull Books ~ ISBN: 8170461405

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Translated from original Bengali by critic and scholar Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, this cluster of short fiction has a common motif: the breast.

The breast, as the translator points out in her introduction, is far more than a symbol in these stories. It becomes the means of a harsh indictment of an exploitative social system. In 'Draupadi', the protagonist, Dopdi Mejhen, is a tribal revolutionary, who, arrested and gang-raped in custody, turns the terrible wounds of her breast into a counter-offensive.

The translator Spivak, Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University, introduces this cycle of 'breast stories' with thought-provoking essays which probe the texts of the stories, opening them up to a complex of interpretation and meaning.

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Mahasweta Devi is widely acknowledged as one of India's foremost writers. Her trenchant, powerful, satiric fiction has won her recognition in the form of the Sahitya Akademi and Jnanpith awards, amongst several other literary honors. She was also awarded the Padmasree for her activist work amongst dispossessed tribal communities.


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