The Lotus Singers: Short Stories from Contemporary South Asia

The Lotus Singers: Short Stories from Contemporary South Asia

by Trevor Carolan (Editor)


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With its stunning profusion of cultures, languages, and landscapes, South Asia has long captivated the imaginations of people around the world. Enlightenment-seekers and entrepreneurs, anthropologists and activists are drawn there for reasons as diverse as the place itself. The South Asia portrayed in this anthology has something to offer each of them, and yet it resists being seen through any single lens. The Lotus Singers offers a nuanced perspective on this rapidly changing region that only fiction can provide.

This groundbreaking collection has won the acclaim of writers and critics around the world, including Alan Cheuse, novelist and book reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered. Its 18 contemporary short stories from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives offer readers a unique perspective on a corner of the globe where tradition and modernity mingle with fascinating results. A combination of translations and original English works, The Lotus Singers is ideal for Asian literature, Asian Studies, and world literature courses, and for anyone interested in the latest offerings from South Asia’s most talented writers. It includes biographical sketches of each author, a thoughtful introduction to contemporary South Asian fiction by the editor, and a preface by renowned Indian scholar and activist Urvashi Butalia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887274862
Publisher: Cheng & Tsui Company
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Series: Cheng & Tsui Contemporary Asian Literature Series
Pages: 227
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Editor Trevor Carolan has published extensively on literature, ethics, and wisdom traditions from Asia. He earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. at Bond University, Australia and teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of the Fraser Valley near Vancouver, Canada. In 2010, Cheng & Tsui published his companion anthology to ”The Lotus Singers“ entitled ”Another Kind of Paradise: Short Stories from the New Asia-Pacific“.

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