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Hawa Hawa

and Other Stories

A collection of inventive and surprising short stories from one of India’s most prominent countercultural writers.
In this wildly inventive collection of Nabarun Bhattacharya’s stories, we meet characters such as a trigger-happy cop in an authoritarian police state, a man who holds on to a piece of rope from a deadly noose, a retired revolutionary thrilled by delusions of grandeur, and people working for a corporation that arranges lavish suicides for a price. Ranging from scathing satires of society to surreal investigations of violence and love, these stories are also a window onto the political and social climate in Bengal, tracing both pan-Indian developments like the 1975 Emergency and local ones like militant-leftist Naxalism and the decades-long Communist reign in the state. Expertly translated from the Bengali, Hawa Hawa and Other Stories is a journey through the mind of one of the most daring countercultural writers of India, one with particular resonance in these chaotic times.

152 pages | 6 x 9

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"Bhattacharya's satire navigates the gaps of time and space to speak to our present time with wisdom. While these stories are rooted in the past, they nevertheless successfully critique our modernity."

Chicago Review of Books

Table of Contents

1. Hawa Hawa
2. Spy
3. Long Live the Counter-Revolution
4. The Murderer’s Brother
5. Men of the Fountain
6. Night’s End
7. A Piece of Nylon Rope
8. Deathgrant
9. Toy
10. Olde Kahar’s Fortune
11. 4+1

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