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"A new collection of short fiction entitled Story-Wallah gathers these modern plain tales from the South Asian diaspora. They show that being a stranger in a strange land holds psychological perils even in a world free of the imperial politics of Kipling's day....For all the cultural friction present in these works, there shines in all of them a universal humanity." Ben Arnoldy, Christian Science Monitor (read the entire Christian Science Monitor review)

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Writers of South Asian descent have been garnering more and more success, acclaim, and attention. Story-Wallah gathers the finest South Asian voices in fiction for the first time in a single volume that includes a rich array of experiences, settings, and characters: first-generation Americans, members of the upper class in Bombay, Buddhists in Sri Lanka. The stories bring out universal themes of identity, culture, and home. As Shyam Selvadurai writes in his introduction, "The stories jostle up against each other....The effect is a marvelous cacophony that reminds me of...one of those South Asian bazaars, a bargaining, carnival-like milieu; the goods on sale in this instance being stories hawked by story-traders. Story-wallahs." This anthology is essential reading for anyone with an interest in South Asian writers and the dynamic, important tales they have to tell.

Synopsis:

Writers of South Asian descent have been garnering more and more success, acclaim, and attention. Story-Wallah gathers the finest South Asian voices in fiction for the first time in a single volume. As Shyam Selvadurai writes in his introduction, "The stories jostle up against each other . . . The effect is a marvelous cacophony that reminds me of . . . one of those South Asian bazaars, a bargaining, carnival-like milieu. The goods on sale in this instance being stories hawked by story-traders: story-wallahs." In this book, some of the world's best fiction writers hawk their wares from different parts of the South Asian diaspora — Sri Lanka, India, the United States, Great Britain, Guyana, Malaysia, Trinidad, Fiji — creating a virtual map of the world with their tales. These stories explore universal themes of identity, culture, and home, and Story-Wallah includes a rich array of experiences: a honeymoon in Sri Lanka, the trials of a Bangladeshi refugee in England, life on a sugar plantation in Trinidad, the attempts of an Indian family to arrange a marriage for their rebellious daughter.

This anthology is essential reading for anyone with an interest in South Asian writers and the dynamic, important tales they have to tell.

About the Author

Shyam Selvadurai was born in 1965 in Sri Lanka. Funny Boy, his first novel, was published in 1994. It won the prestigious Lambda Literary Award and was named a Notable Book by the American Library Association. Cinnamon Gardens, his second novel, was published in 1998 and was shortlisted for the Trillium Award.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618576807
Editor:
Selvadurai, Shyam
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Editor:
Selvadurai, Shyam
Author:
Selvadurai, Shyam
Author:
Shyam S
Author:
elvadurai
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
American fiction
Subject:
South Asia Social life and customs.
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
April 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1 in 0.95 lb

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Product details 448 pages Mariner Books - English 9780618576807 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "A new collection of short fiction entitled Story-Wallah gathers these modern plain tales from the South Asian diaspora. They show that being a stranger in a strange land holds psychological perils even in a world free of the imperial politics of Kipling's day....For all the cultural friction present in these works, there shines in all of them a universal humanity." (read the entire Christian Science Monitor review)
"Synopsis" by ,
Writers of South Asian descent have been garnering more and more success, acclaim, and attention. Story-Wallah gathers the finest South Asian voices in fiction for the first time in a single volume. As Shyam Selvadurai writes in his introduction, "The stories jostle up against each other . . . The effect is a marvelous cacophony that reminds me of . . . one of those South Asian bazaars, a bargaining, carnival-like milieu. The goods on sale in this instance being stories hawked by story-traders: story-wallahs." In this book, some of the world's best fiction writers hawk their wares from different parts of the South Asian diaspora — Sri Lanka, India, the United States, Great Britain, Guyana, Malaysia, Trinidad, Fiji — creating a virtual map of the world with their tales. These stories explore universal themes of identity, culture, and home, and Story-Wallah includes a rich array of experiences: a honeymoon in Sri Lanka, the trials of a Bangladeshi refugee in England, life on a sugar plantation in Trinidad, the attempts of an Indian family to arrange a marriage for their rebellious daughter.

This anthology is essential reading for anyone with an interest in South Asian writers and the dynamic, important tales they have to tell.

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