The Miscreant, Selected Stories: 1949-2016


Author: Victor Rangel- Ribeiro

9789386301659 | Paperback | pp. 238| 2017 | Mandovi-Zuari

The Miscreant, Selected Stories 1949-2016, gives us a fresh glimpse into the inner life of this unique corner of the world. The author returns to his fictional Tivolem telling the distinction of the village which is deeply rooted in its own soil while also being extremely consmopolitan.

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The Miscreant presents a cast that includes misbehaving young men, squabbling couples, and frustrated lovers, and it occupies a geography that ranges from 1930s India to present-day New York City. Victor is genuinely fond of his characters, from the harried husband in the slapstick “Peter and the Ants,” which turns pest control into a new world war, to the desperate young man in “Loving Ayesha,” a story that weaves secular love, religious ardor, and India’s struggle for freedom from British rule into the book’s most unlikely and affecting centerpiece. This is a book to be shared with your closest friends. It’s a fondness that gives this collection an unusual – and welcome – warmth.

  • Robley Wilson, author of Terrible Kisses, Dancing for Men, and Who Will Hear Your Secrets?

As colorful as an Indian tapestry and as complex as the alleys of Kolkata, so is the journey with Victor Rangel-Ribeiro’s stories. With his eloquent and humorous pen, the author treats the reader to a concert of sights, sounds and flavors as his life carries him from remote Goa and Mumbai to New York, with tales in which he always finds the tender, the comic and the absurd.

  • Talia Carner, author of Hotel Moscow, Jerusalem Maiden, China Doll, and Puppet Child

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About the Author

Victor Rangel-Ribeiro is an Indian writer, the award-winning author whose debut novel, Tivolem (1998), was named one of the twenty notable first novels to be published in America in 1998, was born in Goa, India, in 1925, when it was still a Portuguese colony; so he counts Portuguese, along with Konkani and English, as one of his three mother tongues.

His short stories were first published in Bombay in the 1940s and 50s; more recently they have been featured in three top American literary magazines – the North American, Iowa, and Literary Reviews. Other pieces, including much humor, appeared in The Indian-American, the now defunct cultural magazine that for some years was published in New York. HarperCollins, India, published a collection of his short fiction, Loving Ayesha and Other Stories, in 2003, with illustrations by the celebrated Mario Miranda; it promptly made the bestseller lists in that country.


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