Selected Short Stories
Poet, novelist, painter and musician, Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) is the grand master of Bengali culture, and in the 1890s he concentrated on creating a new form, the short story. Many of his best stories were written during a period of relative isolation spent managing his family's estates in the riverlands of Bengal and they have been acclaimed as vivid portraits of Bengali life and landscapes, brilliantly polemical in their depiction of peasantry and gentry, casteism, corrupt officialdom and dehumanizing poverty. Yet Tagore is first and foremost India's supreme Romantic poet, and in these stories he can be seen reaching beyond mere documentary realism towards his own profoundly original vision.
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"Small lives, humble distress, Tales of humdrum grief and pain", November 23, 2014 This review is from: Selected Short Stories (Penguin Classics) (Paperback) Containing thirty very short stories ... Read full review
Tagore is perhaps the greatest Indian writer ever. His rich visual imagery and emotional colours reflect a profound sense of humanity that evokes the true essence rural Bengal. Tagore intermingled stark realism and poetic idealism in his short stories which reflected the contemporary life in rural and urban Bengal. These fascinating stories have been written in the 1890s. Some of the stories that are unforgettable are: Kaaboliaala (The Fruit Seller of Kabul), Hungry Stone (Kshudita Paashon), The Postman, Housewife, Exercise-Book, and many more.
The Living and the Dead
Profit and Loss
A Problem Solved
In the Middle of the Night
Passing Time in the Rain
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The Padma River Area