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Mohan Rakesh was a towering figure in Hindi fiction and drama. More than a decade in the making, and put together in collaboration with the author, this volume makes a broad range of his work available to English listeners.
The stories here range from humorous, satirical studies of human foibles to profound, painful commentaries on the complexities of the human condition. A translation of Adhe Adhure, the play that thrust Indian drama into modernity and one of the finest ever written in Hindi, is included as well. Rounding out the book, as part of the P. S. Section, are a self-portrait and interview - rare, first-person statements by the author and among the most important critical sources for his work. This is an essential volume for anyone interested in the changing landscape of post-Independence Hindi literature.
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Mohan Rakesh is a special kind of writer from whom we shall learn the art of short story. The ending in his short stories is not just a punching finish, which we find in most of the short story writers; Mohan Rakesh turns the punching end to be the core of his short stories, so that you are invited to find new dimensions of the short story you just finished reading. This is a special kind of telling a story which needs to be explored. Most of the stories are around human relations, the stand with a kind of rejection of love, retreat towards innerself and so on. Mohan Rakesh finds us, all human beings, as half perfect or half complete. His most celebrated play Aadha Aadhoore also uphelds the same view point. We presume to be complete though we are all incomplete creatures finding ways and means of fulfilling our unfulfilled part which is a constant struggle.
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