Selected Short Stories

Selected Short Stories

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Author: Mulk Raj Anand
Translator(s)/Editor: Saros Cowasjee
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 262
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143062107


Mulk Raj Anand (1905–2004) had one lament he often voiced to his friends and literary critics-that his short stories were not paid enough attention.

This volume brings together some of the best and most memorable stories from Anand's published collections, each of them illustrating a different mood and tone. In his half-humorous and half-ironic way, Anand draws our attention to the plight of the marginalized, the poor and the illiterate, and penetrates their innermost feelings and emotions. Straightforward, unpretentious and expertly crafted, these unforgettable vignettes of life in twentieth-century India are sure to haunt the reader long after the book has been put down.

Mr Anand is not a mere storyteller, he is a poet as well. There runs a fine poetic streak through his stories.
-Alfred Perles in Life and Letters


The Lost Child
The Barber’s Trade Union
The Liar
The Maharaja and the Tortoise
A Rumour
A Pair of Mustachios
The Cobbler and the Machine
A Confession
A Promoter of Quarrels
The Terrorist
A Kashmir Idyll
Mahadev and Parvati
The Thief
Professor Cheeta
The Tractor and the Corn Goddess
The Man Whose Name Did Not Appear in the Census
A Village Idyll
The Hangman’s Strike
The Signature
The Parrot in the Cage
The Man Who Loved Monkeys More Than Human Beings
Reflections on the Golden Bed
Things Have a Way of Working Out
The Gold Watch
Old Bapu
The Tamarind Tree
A Dog’s Life
Fear of Fear
A Select Glossary