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Breast Stories

Translated and with an Introduction by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Mahasweta Devi is one of India’s foremost literary figures, a prolific and best-selling author in Bengali of short fiction and novels, and a deeply political social activist who has been working in marginalized communities for decades. Breast Stories is a collection of short fiction that focuses on the breast as more than a symbol of beauty, eroticism, or motherhood. Instead, it is seen as a harsh indictment of an exploitative social system and a weapon of resistance. At a time when violence towards women in India has escalated exponentially, Devi’s acerbic writing exposes the inherently vicious systems in Indian society.


166 pages | 5 x 8 1/2 | © 1997

Fiction


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Table of Contents

Introduction
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
 
Foreword to Draupadi
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
 
Draupadi
(Draupadi)
 
Breast-giver
(Stanadayini)
 
Breast-giver: For Author, Reader, Teacher, Subaltern, Historian…
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
 
Behold the Bodice: Choli ke Picche
(Choli ke Picche)

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