Author: Fakir Mohan Senapati
Translator(s): Leelawati Mohapatra / K K Mohapatra
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172231407
The vivid portrayals of rural life in Orissa at the turn of the century, depicted with warmth and insight, offer glowing proof why Fakir Mohan Senapati, the father of Oriya fiction, is one the most significant makers of modern Indian literature.
Of the twenty short stories which he wrote, only eight are represented in this selection, but they bring out the essence of his craft and exemplify his acute sense of the oral tradition of tale-telling. Universal themes of human aspiration and heroism are dealt with freshness, humor and understanding in Senapati's short fiction.
. . A master literary craftsman with a sharp eye for telling details, a deft touch for economically evoking emotional responses and a sharp penetration into human character and psychology. - John Boulton
K K Mohapatra and Leelawati Mohapatra have translated extensively from the Oriya; their publications include Kishori Charan Das: Wild Peacock and Other Stories and J P Das: Spider's Web and Other Stories. They are currently working on a collection of modern Oriya short stories.