The play of dolls

Title The play of dolls
Author Kunwar Narain; transl. from the Hindi by John Vater & Apurva Narain
Publication Penguin India
Size XXXIII, 169p
Language ENG ENG
ISBN 9780143446958
Topics Indian fiction--Hindi--Short stories and novellas
Indian fiction--Hindi--Translated into English
Notes Kunwar Narain’s unusual short stories broke new ground and rejuvenated the genre when they appeared on the Indian literary landscape in 1971. Half a century later, in vivid English translation for the first time, they seem just as far-reaching: sometimes in the novelty of their insight, sometimes in their transcendence, sometimes in the world views they together uncover. By turns allegorical, satirical, poetic, poignant, playful and bizarre, Narain’s layered, often deceptively simple tales unravel the existential and moral bewilderments of a society navigating the cold, cruel worlds of its own creation, while also allowing hope in the truly human. These bold, sometimes comic, often experimental and metaphysical stories weave love and otherness, fantasy and history, tenderness and silence, leaving us both restive and redeemed at once.
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