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The Land of Cards: Stories, Poems and Plays for Children

Rabindranath Tagore (Author) Radha Chakravarty (Translator) Mahasweta Devi (Translator)
Synopsis Poet, novelist, painter, musician and Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore was one of modern India’s greatest literary figures. This collection brings together some of his best works—poems, short stories and plays in one volume.

Be it the wit, magic and lyricism of his poetry or the vividly etched social milieu of his stories, or the sheer power and vibrancy of his plays, Tagore’s versatility and unceasing creativity come alive in these writings. The title play ‘The Land of Cards’ is a satire against the bondage of orthodox rules, while in ‘The Post Office’, a child suffocated by his confined existence dreams of freedom in the world outside. From a son’s cherished desire to protect his mother in the poem ‘Hero’ to a fruit-seller longing for his daughter faraway in the story ‘Kabuliwala’, Tagore’s works convey his humanism and his deep understanding of human relationships.
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About the authors

Radha Chakravarty

RADHA CHAKRAVARTY is a Reader in English at Gargi College (University of Delhi). Her doctoral thesis is a cross-cultural study of contemporary women writers. Her books, Crossings: Stories from Bangladesh and India, Chokher Bali and In the Name of the Mother, are English translations of major Bengali writers, including Tagore, Mahasweta Devi, Sunila Hossain and Shamsul Haq.

Mahasweta Devi

Mahasweta Devi is one of India's foremost writers. Her powerful, satiric fiction has won her recognition in the form of the Sahitya Akademi (1979), Jnanpith (1996) and Ramon Magsaysay (1996) awards, amongst several other literary honours. She was also awarded the Padmasree in 1986, for her activist work amongst dispossessed tribal communities.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Land of Cards: Stories, Poems and Plays for Children
Format Softcover
Date published: 03.12.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Puffin Books
Language: English
isbn 9780143330141
length ix+200p., 18cm.