Story-Wallah: Short Fiction from South Asian Writers

Overview

Writers of South Asian descent have been garnering more and more success, acclaim, and attention. Story-Wallah gathers the finest South Asian voices in fiction for the first time in a single volume. As Shyam Selvadurai writes in his introduction, "The stories jostle up against each other . . . The effect is a marvelous cacophony that reminds me of . . . one of those South Asian bazaars, a bargaining, carnival-like milieu. The goods on sale in this instance being stories hawked by story-traders: story-wallahs." In...

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Overview

Writers of South Asian descent have been garnering more and more success, acclaim, and attention. Story-Wallah gathers the finest South Asian voices in fiction for the first time in a single volume. As Shyam Selvadurai writes in his introduction, "The stories jostle up against each other . . . The effect is a marvelous cacophony that reminds me of . . . one of those South Asian bazaars, a bargaining, carnival-like milieu. The goods on sale in this instance being stories hawked by story-traders: story-wallahs." In this book, some of the world's best fiction writers hawk their wares from different parts of the South Asian diaspora—Sri Lanka, India, the United States, Great Britain, Guyana, Malaysia, Trinidad, Fiji—creating a virtual map of the world with their tales. These stories explore universal themes of identity, culture, and home, and Story-Wallah includes a rich array of experiences: a honeymoon in Sri Lanka, the trials of a Bangladeshi refugee in England, life on a sugar plantation in Trinidad, the attempts of an Indian family to arrange a marriage for their rebellious daughter.
This anthology is essential reading for anyone with an interest in South Asian writers and the dynamic, important tales they have to tell.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618576807
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 450
  • Sales rank: 1,252,642
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Shyam Selvadurai was born in 1965 in Sri Lanka. Funny Boy, his first novel, was published in 1994. It won the prestigious Lambda Literary Award and was named a Notable Book by the American Library Association. Cinnamon Gardens, his second novel, was published in 1998 and was shortlisted for the Trillium Award.

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Table of Contents

Cane is bitter 15
The time of the peacock 29
The perfection of giving 39
The marble dome 59
Winterscape 69
The management of grief 91
Haunting the tiger 109
The celebration 121
Crossmatch 129
The passions of Lalla 157
Bahadur 171
The courter 181
The spell and the ever-changing moon 205
Jaspal 219
In the quiet of a Sunday afternoon 225
The collectors 235
We're not Jews 263
Captives 273
Karima 291
Out on Main Street 303
Just between Indians 315
Pigs can't fly 343
Auld Lang Syne 373
This blessed house 391
Dinner with Dr. Azad 411
Chokra 425
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