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Stories of the Soil Classic Punjabi Stories

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Genre:Short Stories
Language: English
Dimensions:5.08 x 7.8 x 0.81 inches
Weight:238.14 g
Published: January 01, 2010

About the Book

A story of the Soil is a collection of over forty classic Punjabi short stories. Combining a rich oral tradition of kissas with tropes from Western literature, Punjabi short-story writers have developed their own unique way of portraying love, longing, ecstasy and malice. Spanning a century, these stories talk of life in the village and the town. There are haunting tales about Partition like ‘A Matter of Faith’ by Gulzar Singh Sandhu where a horrible tragedy is viewed through the eyes of a child. Along with sensitive accounts of life from across the border in Pakistan are tales by the Dalits who until recently had been rendered voiceless. Amrita Pritam’s ‘The Vault’, a metaphor for a barren womb, explores the identity of a Punjabi woman while stories like Surjit Birdi’s ‘Flies’ reveals the concerns faced by the Punjabi diaspora. Translated and edited by Nirupama Dutt, these carefully selected stories reflect every aspect of life in the land of five rivers.