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From Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (1880-1932), the writer of the feminist utopian fantasy 'Sultana's D... Read More

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From Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (1880-1932), the writer of the feminist utopian fantasy 'Sultana's Dream', come these tales of gumptious wit, describing the twists and turns of India's two-hundred-year relationship with the imperial British.

Freedom Fables begins with the two eponymous fables, both compact in form but temporally vast. The first story 'Muktiphal' (translated in this volume as 'The Freedom Tree') traces the rise of and divisions within India's Congress party. 'Gyanphal' or 'The Tree of Knowledge', the second fable, begins in the Garden of Eden and moves swiftly to an idealised Kanakadwipa where a trading company beguiles the prosperous country and proceeds to ruin it. Throughout both, the fantastic floats easily over mere facts. Adam and Eve, the Almighty, djinns, paris, demons, and Mayavi magicians: these classic characters play decisive, intriguing roles.
These major political satires are accompanied in this edition by six essays and two poems, which the intrepid Hossain wrote over a period of seventeen years. Interwoven through her writings are ideals that endure even today: education and emancipation for women, dignity for those living in the subcontinent, and freedom from colonial rule and influence.

Product Details

Title: Freedom Fables
Author: Kalyani Dutta
Publisher: Zubaan
ISBN: 9789385932489
SKU: BK0441534
EAN: 9789385932489
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Reading age : All Age Groups

About Author

KALYANI DUTTA is an award-winning translator. Her translations from Bengali to English form a part of The Essential TagorePublished by Harvard University Press in 2011. She is also the co-author of Women, Education, and Politics: The Women's Movement and Delhi's Indraprastha College Which brings together her twin interests, women's studies and education.

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