Contemporary Indian Short Stories: Series 2
Editor: Bhabani Bhattacharya
9788126046911 | PB | pp. 230 | 2016 | Sahitya Akademi
Contemporary Indian Short Stories: Series 2 brings together 22 short stories. 20 of which are translated from fourteen modern Indian languages and 2 in English.
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This sheaf of twenty-two short stories, written by different authors, mainly during the period 1930-50, represents a cross-section of contemporary Indian short fiction. Twenty stories are translations from fourteen modern languages of India and two are specimens of Indian creative writing in English.
Selected by the Sahitya Akademi’s Advisory Boards of various languages, these stories provide fascinating glimpses into the panorama of Indian life, with its baffling variety, its rich contrast of the simple and the sophisticated, the ancient and the modern. Here is evidence, if such were needed, that Indian literature is one though written in many languages — its oneness consisting not of a stale uniformity but of a rich variety.
This is the second volume of Sahitya Akademi’s series of such representative anthologies in English of contemporary Indian short story. The third and fourth volume of stories written by different authors have also been published.
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About the Editor
Bhabani Bhattacharya was born in Bihar to Bengali parents. In 1927 he graduated with a degree in English literature from Patna University. In 1928 Bhattacharya moved to England to continue his studies. His initial intention was to continue studying English literature at King’s College, London. However after an acrimonious encounter with one of his professors he decided on a degree in history instead. While studying for his degree at the University of London, Bhattacharya was taught by the political philosopher and author Harold Laski who would be, along with Tagore and Gandhi, a lasting influence on his writing. literature at Osmania University, Hyderabad, and the University of Hyderabad. During 1972–74, he was a UGC National Lecturer in English. He is the founder Head of the Department of English and the first Dean of the School of Humanities at the University of Hyderabad.
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