The Matchbox

The Matchbox

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Author: Ashapoorna Devi
Translator(s): Monabi Mitra
Publisher: Rupa
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 147
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8129104490


The Sheer variety and scope of Ashapurna Debi’s stories tends to defy any critical evaluation of them. But the common thread stringing them together into a multifaceted whole is the delineation of the emotions of the middle classes, living lives outwardly devoid of sensational events, but in actuality containing a psychological and emotional terrain almost terrifying in its complexity. Her forte is the domestic life, what she described as the four walls of the home-walls which contain a variety of unique experiences within them.

The stories in this collection bear this out-each story is not just an exploration but also a working out of an inner complexity, Usually revealed in a dichotomy between the characters outer façade and their inner world.

MONABI MITRA teaches English at Scottish church college, Kolkata.



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