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Indian Errant
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Indian Errant

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Indian Errant
Selected Short Fiction of Nirmal Verma

Translated from Hindi with a critical introduction by Prasenjit Gupta


Nirmal Verma (b. 1929) is one of the few best-known writers outside India. A pioneer of the New Story Movement (1956) in Hindi literature, his fiction explores the arid silence that lies between people who have lost faith in each other and the imaginative drought that renders it impossible for us to make moral discriminations. In 2000, he was honored with the highest award for literature in India, the Jnanpith. He has published five novels, eight collections of short stories and nine books of essays and travelogues. He was also nominated for the well-known Neustadt Award of the magazine The World Literature, University of Oklahoma, in 1996. He was recently awarded the Padma Bhushan. He is married to the poet Gagan Gill and lives in Delhi.

Prasenjit Gupta
Prasenjit Gupta, son of Pratima Gupta and the late Dr. Paresh Ranjan Gupta, is a graduate of the University of Delhi and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He lives in Iowa City and Delhi and translates fiction from Hindi and Bengali into English.

Prasenjit Gupta translated these stories as a dissertation project for his Ph.D from the University of Iowa. The stories were translated in close cooperation with the author during his one-year stay in India. Moreover, being an Indian settled in the West, he has been able to capture the essence of the original works beautifully.

Indian Errant
Indian Errant is a translated selection of short stories originally written in Hindi by the leading contemporary Indian writer Nirmal Verma. These translations are accompanied by an incisive and substantial critical introduction. The volume is available both as a paperback and as a hardback. The hardback is accompanied by the original Hindi stories.

The fourteen stories in this collection deal with the theme of exile and dislocation. All the stories except "Last Summer" are set outside India with most of the protagonists located outside their native country. Thus they describe one possible arc of an exiled life, from the journey to the West to the return to India, and the separation from family both in India and abroad.

The stories explore the questions that haunt the exiles, especially those who are not banished from their homeland but have chosen to emigrate


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