Portraits of Lived Realities
Ranjana Kaul
REDOLENT RUSH: CONTEMPORARY INDIAN SHORT FICTION IN TRANSLATION by Edited by Somudranil Sarkar and Sheenjini Ghosh Hawakal Publishers, 2023, 200 pp., INR 400
September 2023, volume 47, No 9

Brevity is said to be the keynote of a short story, and length admittedly impacts the range of matter dealt with in a brief narrative as well as its treatment. Nevertheless, defining a short story merely in terms of its length does not take into account the flexibility of the genre or the often-profound impression made by a narrative that, though brief, encapsulates an entire experience.

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