In The Shadow Of The Sun

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In The Shadow Of The Sun
Here are sixteen of the finest of Prafulla Roy's short stories, stories made fascinating merely by the realities of everyday life and the quirkiness of human character. This combination of the mundane with the odd - sometimes the exotic - is Roy's simple recipe for great literary interest. We have a jungle-beater-cum-straydog-catcher and his role in the birth of a child; we have two strangers enjoying a passing moment of love after a vicious fight with an animal over food; we have a little girl - the daughter of a prostitute - who, in her own way, reaches the moon with Neil Armstrong. Then there are stories of the dreams - of beggars, of bird-catchers, of a tiger man and of a would-be film extra. There are stories of self-sacrifice on the part of those who have nothing, and of the exploitation of the weak of those who have everything. There are hypocrites and idealists, holy men and whores. There are the bidi-makers who do burlesque mimes, and there are small town thugs and manipulators. We meet the pathetic down-and-out who cannot get away from his roots, and we feel for the untouchable woman desperate for the protection of her seventh husband. In all, we have a colourful, tragic, heroic, amazing vista of underprivileged life in rural India.
About the Author
Prafulla Roy was born in 1934 in a village in Dhaka district, now in Bangladesh. He started writing at the age of nineteen. The Partition of India in 1947 provided one of the major themes in his writing, the other being rural poverty. Most of the stories in this volume emanate out of Roy's experience of life in the economically backward state of Bihar. His work has influenced filmmakers, particularly such major artists as Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Tapan Sinha, Biplab Ray Chaudhary and Sandeep Ray. Many of the films based on Roy's stories have been made in languages other than Bengali, and several of his writings have now been translated into other Indian languages. Nine stories in this collection have a screen version. Dr. John. W. Hood is an Australian writer who has spent most of his life studying Indian Culture, dividing his time now between Melbourne and Kolkata. His translations from the Bengali include Niharranjan Ray's classic, History of the Bengali People; poems of Buddhadeb Dasgupta (Love and Other Forms of Death); and novels and short stories by Prafulla Roy, including the volume of stories Set at Odds: Stories of the Partition and Beyond, as well as Buddhadev Guha's Fanfare for a Tiger and The Bounty of the Goddess. He has also written extensively on serious Indian cinema. His books include Chasing the Truth: The Films of Mrinal Sen; Images of Time and Dreams: The Films of Buddhadeb Dasgupta (now rewritten and enlarged as The Films of a Poet: The Cinema of Buddhadeb Dasgupta); and The Essential Mystery: Major Filmmakers of Indian Art Cinema. He is presently writing a book on the films of Satyajit Ray.
TitleIn The Shadow Of The Sun
Author NamePrafulla Roy
PublisherRoli Books Pvt. Ltd.
Publication Year2004
Total No. of Pages247
Weight0.3 KGS
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