The Slate of Life
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The Slate of Life

More Contemporary Stories by Women Writers of India
Edited by Kali for Women

Introduction by Chandra Talpade Mohanty & Satya P. Mohanty

This sequel to Truth Tales contains ten stories by ten of the most renowned and inventive writers of India, translated from nine different languages. Rich in regional flavor, each story offers a glimpse into the everyday lives of Indian women, from the passionate political commitment of a freedom fighter to the struggle of a temple sweeper's struggle to survive with dignity.

"These stories are dense with those customs, manners, and objects that usually remain locked within regional languages."

—Anita Desai, The New York Review of Books

"Truth Tales deserves recognition for its pioneering achievement as the first collection to focus on women writers. . . . One looks forward to the release in the West of Kali's sequel volume, The Slate of Life, which augments Truth Tales."

Journal of Asian Studies

"At turns witty, poignant, intense, joyous, this anthology reveals that women's struggle for power and autonomy is a universal urge."

New Directions for Women

"The stories. . . evoke a vibrant society and people worth the encounter. A welcome addition to our knowledge of the subcontinent."

Kirkus Reviews

"The Slate of Life is an ideal text . . . At a time when questions of diversity and pluralism are at the center of feminist activism and scholarship."

—Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Satya P. Mohanty, from the Introduction