The Open-Winged Scorpion

And Other Stories

Abul Bashar

The Open-Winged Scorpion

Abul Bashar

Distributed for Seagull Books

Translated by Epsita Halder
240 pages | 5 x 8 | © 2018
Cloth $21.50 ISBN: 9780857425508 Will Publish June 2018 World sales rights except India
The Open-Winged Scorpion and Other Stories is a collection of ten powerful Bengali short stories, all translated into English for the first time. Hailing from Murshidabad district in West Bengal, Abul Bashar pens stories about precarious lives of marginal Muslim communities in that district. His tales are shot through with the fears, dreams, hopes, and anxieties of the communities he portrays: their poverty and piety, the sensuality of the ancient mythologies they reimagine and remember, the rituals that permeate their lives, and the ever-present influence of the River Padma, which brings the silt that makes the land flourish—and the floods that destroy the crops and the people who plant them. The complex dynamics of the trivial and the transcendental emerge in Bashar’s stories, as the tales become no less than an archive and richly imagined historical testimony of an abject community relegated to the margins of the society too focused on the future to remember people who are struggling in the here and now.
 
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