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Mahasweta Devi is one of India’s foremost literary figures, a prolific and best-selling author in Bengali of short fiction and novels, and a deeply political social activist who has been working in marginalized communities for decades. Breast Stories is a collection of short fiction that focuses on the breast as more than a symbol of beauty, eroticism, or motherhood. Instead, it is seen as a harsh indictment of an exploitative social system and a weapon of resistance. At a time when violence towards women in India has escalated exponentially, Devi’s acerbic writing exposes the inherently vicious systems in Indian society.
Seagull Books, 9788170461401, 166pp.
Publication Date: November 15, 2014
About the Author
Mahasweta Devi is a writer and social activist. She is the author of numerous plays, essays, novels, and short stories, including Bait and Queen of Jhansi, also published by Seagull Books. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is university professor at Columbia University and the author of many books, including Nationalism and the Imagination and Harlem, also published by Seagull Books.
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