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Old Women

Old Women

  • Author: Mahasweta Devi, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
  • Publisher: Seagull Books
  • ISBN: 9788170461449
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Old Women tells the touching, poignant tales of two timeworn women. In ‘Statue’, we meet Dulali, a widow since childhood, who is now an old woman preoccupied only with day-to-day survival. When the government decides to erect in her village a statue of Dindayal—a man who had fought in India’s struggle for independence from British rule and who also was in love with Dulali long ago—a tragic, forbidden love comes back to haunt her. And in ‘The Fairy Tale of Mohanpur’, a combination of poverty, societal indifference, and government apathy leads Andi to lose her eyesight, even as she persists in her faith in a fairy-tale solution.

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bengali / fiction / Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak / indian / Mahasweta Devi / translation /