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Author Mahāśvetā Debī, 1926-2016, author.

Title Imaginary maps : three stories / by Mahasweta Devi ; translated and introduced by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Published New York : Routledge, 1995
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Description 1 online resource (xxxi, 213 pages) : illustrations
Contents The hunt -- Douloti the bountiful -- Pterodactyl, Puran Sahay, and Pirtha
Summary Imaginary Maps presents three stories from noted Bengali writer Mahasweta Devi in conjunction with readings of these tales by famed cultural and literary critic, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. Weaving history, myth and current political realities, these stories explore troubling motifs in contemporary Indian life through the figures and narratives of indigenous tribes in India. At once delicate and violent, Devi's stories map the experiences of the "tribals" and tribal life under decolonization. In "The Hunt," "Douloti the Bountiful" and the deftly wrought allegory of tribal agony "Pterodactyl, Pirtha, and Puran Sahay," Ms. Devi links the specific fate of tribals in India to that of marginalized peoples everywhere. Gayatri Spivak's readings of these stories connect the necessary "power lines" within them, not only between local and international structures of power (patriarchy, nationalisms, late capitalism), but also to the university
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-213)
Notes Mahasweta Devi, Gayatri Spivak
Translated from the Bengali G.C. Spivak
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Subject Mahāśvetā Debī, 1926-2016 -- Interviews.
Mahāśvetā Debī, 1926-2016
Authors, Bengali -- 20th century -- Interviews
Indic literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Short stories, Indic -- Translations into English.
India -- In literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Short stories.
Short stories.
Form Electronic book
Author Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty, translator.
ISBN 0203760115