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Chotti Munda and His Arrow by Mahasweta Devi
Book Description'I had but that one arrow', says Chotti Munda, the hero of this epic tale. A 'magic' arrow that stood for the pride, the wisdom, the culture of their society, a society threatened with inevitable disintegration as its traditional structures crumbled under the assault of 'national development'. The wide sweep of this important novel encompasses many layers. It ranges over decades in the life of Chotti - the central character - in which India moves from colonial rule to independence and then to the unrest of the 1970s. It probes and uncovers the complex web of social and economic exchange based on power relations. It traces the changes, some forced, some welcome, in the daily lives of a marginalized rural community. And at its core, it celebrates Chotti, legendary archer, wise and farsighted leader, proud role model to his younger brethren. Written in 1980, this novel is remarkable for the manner in which it touches on vital issues that have, in subsequent decades, grown into matters of urgent social concern. It raises questions about the place of the tribal on the map of national identity, land rights and human rights, the 'museumization' of 'ethnic' cultures, and the justifications of violent resistance as the last resort of a desperate people.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781405107051
(229mm x 154mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Blackwell Publishers
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 17-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Mahasweta Devi
Queen of Jhansi, Hardback (August 2010)
Lakshmibai, the Queen of Jhansi, a legendary Indian heroine, led her troops against the British in the uprising of 1857, which is widely described as the first Indian War of Independence. This work traces the history of the growing resistance to the British, while building a picture of Lakshmibai as a complex, spirited, full-blooded woman.
Bait, and Other Stories, Hardback (July 2010)
Collects such stories as - "Fisherman", "Knife", "Body," and "Killer". This title contextualizes the stories within the development of the growing criminal underworld in Bengal.
Chotti Munda and His Arrow, Hardback (January 2003)
The wide sweep of this important novel encompasses many layers. It ranges over decades in the life of Chotti - the central character - in which India moves from colonial rule to independence and then to the unrest of the 1970s.
Old Women, Paperback (January 2000)» View all books by Mahasweta Devi
Focuses on the trauma of a mother who awakens one morning to the shattering news that her son is lying dead in the morgue and her struggle to understand his decision to be a Naxalite.
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Author Biography - Mahasweta Devi
The Bengali writer Mahasweta Devi is major a prize-winning Indian novelist and an activist comrade of Spivak in campaigning for the rights of tribal peoples. She was born in 1926 in Dhaka, of a literary family. She won the Jnanpith Award (India's highest literary award) and the Magsaysay Award (considered to be Asia's version of the Nobel Prize) in 1996. She was also awarded the Padmasree in 1986, for her activist work amongst dispossessed tribal communities. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. Among her publications are Of Grammatology (translation with critical introduction of Jacques Derrida's De la grammmatologie), Imaginary Maps, Breast Stories, Old Women (translations with critical material of the fiction of Mahasweta Devi), In Other Worlds, The Post-Colonial Critic, Outside in the Teaching Machine, and A Critique of Postcolonial Reason. Other Asias, comprising three long essays that combine poststructuralist theories with the political history of the present, will be published by Blackwell in 2002. This will be followed in 2003 by Of Derrida and in 2004 by Conversations. Chotti Munda and his Arrow forms the corner-stone of her translations for the Selected Works of Mahasweta Devi.
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