Author: Nirmal Verma
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8126006382
Sahitya Akademi award-winning short stories by one of the great masters of Hindi fiction.
In a literary career spanning over forty years, Nirmal Verma is credited with inventing the Hindi language anew. It is fascinating to see how this delicately sensuous language handles the themes of alienation and exile on the one hand, and philosophical issues of renunciation and suicide on the other.
The tone and mood of Nirmal Verma's writings are reminiscent of Montale's poetry; gently fatalistic, affectionately disposed, narrowly focussed and circumscribed. He brings character and place alive with the true short-story writer's economy. His peculiarly Indian gloom, lends a sense of poetic mystery and impermanence to the relationships he writes about. - - Alan Ross in London Magazine
What makes Nirmal Verma's stories remarkable is the restraint with which desolation is lightened by laughter, despair by glimmer of hope. His work, like Chekov's, allows the flow2 of life to find its own form of art. - - Times Literary Supplement