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The Play of Dolls

The Play of Dolls

Stories

Kunwar Narain
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Kunwar Narain’s unusual short stories broke new ground and rejuvenated the genre when they appeared on the Indian literary landscape in 1971. Half a century later, in vivid English translation for the first time, they seem just as far-reaching: sometimes in the novelty of their insight, sometimes in their transcendence, sometimes in the world views they together uncover.
By turns allegorical, satirical, poetic, poignant, playful and bizarre, Narain’s layered, often deceptively simple tales unravel the existential and moral bewilderments of a society navigating the cold, cruel worlds of its own creation, while also allowing hope in the truly human. These bold, sometimes comic, often experimental and metaphysical stories weave love and otherness, fantasy and history, tenderness and silence, leaving us both restive and redeemed at once.

Imprint: India Penguin Modern Classics

Published: Jan/2020

ISBN: 9780143446958

Length : 208 Pages

MRP : ₹399.00

The Play of Dolls

Stories

Kunwar Narain

Kunwar Narain’s unusual short stories broke new ground and rejuvenated the genre when they appeared on the Indian literary landscape in 1971. Half a century later, in vivid English translation for the first time, they seem just as far-reaching: sometimes in the novelty of their insight, sometimes in their transcendence, sometimes in the world views they together uncover.
By turns allegorical, satirical, poetic, poignant, playful and bizarre, Narain’s layered, often deceptively simple tales unravel the existential and moral bewilderments of a society navigating the cold, cruel worlds of its own creation, while also allowing hope in the truly human. These bold, sometimes comic, often experimental and metaphysical stories weave love and otherness, fantasy and history, tenderness and silence, leaving us both restive and redeemed at once.

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Kunwar Narain

Kunwar Narain (1927–2017) is considered one of India’s foremost poets, thinkers and literary figures in modern times. He read widely, across disciplines and literatures, and blended an international sensibility with a grounding in Indian history and thought. He has written in diverse genres of poetry and prose which include three epic poems, eight poetry collections, translations of world poetry, and books of short stories, criticism, essays, diaries, conversations, and writings on world cinema and the arts. His oeuvre of seven decades, since his first book in 1956, evolved continuously and embodies, above all, a unique interplay of the simple and the complex. After more than five decades in Lucknow, where a significant part of his writing was done, he moved to Delhi. His honours include the Sahitya Akademi Award; Kabir Samman; Kumaran Asan Award; Warsaw University's honorary medal; Italy’s Premio Feronia for distinguished world author; India's civilian honour Padma Bhushan; the senior fellowship of India's Academy of Letters; and the Jnanpith, India's highest literary award. Some of his works remain unpublished.

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Kunwar Narain’s unusual short stories broke new ground and rejuvenated the genre when they appeared on the Indian literary landscape in 1971. Half a century later, in vivid English translation for the first time, they seem just as far-reaching: sometimes in the novelty of their insight, sometimes in their transcendence, sometimes in the world views […]

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