In a Violent Land

by Khushwant Singh

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Author: Khushwant Singh

Languages: English

Number Of Pages: 152

Binding: Hardcover

Package Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches

Release Date: 20-01-2019

Details: Product Description One of the meanings of the word ‘olio’ is ‘a miscellany’. The books in the Aleph Olio series contain a mélange of the finest writing to be had on a variety of Indian themes—the great cities, aspects of Indian culture and civilization, uniquely Indian phenomena. Filled with insights and haunting evocations of a country of unrivalled complexity, beauty, tragedy and mystery, each Aleph Olio book presents India in ways that it has seldom been seen before. In a Violent Land contains some of the best fiction and non-fiction that has been written on the violence that permeates every layer of Indian society. Rising out of fault lines of religion, caste, gender, language, class and geopolitics, this brutality has scarred the country for centuries now. The writers who feature in this volume are Khushwant Singh, Mahasweta Devi, Udayan Ghosh, Anna Bhau Sathe, Manoj Mitta, Harvinder Singh Phoolka, Salam Bin Razzaq, Suketu Mehta, Vijaydan Detha, Sonia Faleiro, Barkha Dutt, Shahnaz Bashir and Sanjoy Hazarika. Review In a Violent Land Authors – Notes on Contributors Shahnaz Bashir (born 1980) teaches creative journalism and literary reportage at the Central University of Kashmir, where he is the coordinator of the media studies programme. His debut novel, The Half Mother, was published in 2014. Ipshita Chanda (born 1961) teaches in the Department of Comparative Literature at the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. She has authored Packaging Freedom: Feminism and Popular Culture and Selfing the City: Women Migrants and Their Lives in Calcutta and coedited Shaping the Discourse (with Jayeeta Bagchi) and Locating Cultural Change (with Partha Pratim Basu). Her translations include Bitter Soil, a translation of Mahasweta Devi’s selected stories. Vijaydan Detha (1926–2013) has more than 800 short stories to his credit, including Bataan ri Phulwadi (A Garden of Tales), a fourteen-volume collection of stories that draws on folklore and the spoken dialects of Rajasthan. His stories and novels were adapted for many plays and movies. He was a recipient of the Padma Shri and Sahitya Akademi awards. Mahasweta Devi (1926–2016) was a noted social activist and Bengali writer. Her first book, The Queen of Jhansi, was published in 1956. She published twenty collections of short stories and close to a hundred novels. She won several literary prizes including the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1979 for her novel Aranyer Adhikar. Barkha Dutt (born 1971), one of India’s most prominent journalists and television anchors, became a household name with her reporting from the front lines during the Kargil conflict between India and Pakistan in 1999. In addition to her war reporting (from countries as varied as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt and Libya), in India she has reported from the field on virtually every important national story—politics, insurgencies, social upheavals, floods and famine. She has won more than forty national and international honours for her work. Sonia Faleiro (born 1977) is an award-winning writer. She is the author of The Girl (2006), Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay›s Dance Bars (2010), and the e-single13 Men (2015). Sonia’s writing and photographs appear in the New York Times, the Financial Times, Harper’s, Granta, The Guardian and other publications. In 2011 she was awarded the Karmaveer Puraskaar for Social Justice ‘for drawing attention to India’s most vulnerable and writing about them with sensitivity, humanity and integrity.’ Udayan Ghosh (1934–2007) was an important figure in the little magazine movement in Bengali literature. His first book, Abani Bonam Santanu, was published in 1971. His short stories include Kanaklata and Bonduker Nol Theke Ekoda. Vernon Gonsalves (born 1957) is a social and political activist. He was on the editorial board of Thingi Kamgar Masik, a Marathi language monthly magazine for workers, from 1981 to 1986. He has been associated