Three Virgins

And Other Stories

Manjula Padmanabhan

Manjula Padmanabhan

Distributed for Zubaan Books

264 pages | 5 x 8 | © 2013
Paper $12.00 ISBN: 9789381017616 Published October 2013 World sales rights except India
From the award-winning writer of the acclaimed play Harvest, this debut collection of stories will electrify readers with its unusual, radical, and troubling themes. Here are ten tales, some new, some old, and all of them edgy. In biting and satirical critiques of contemporary society, Manjula Padmanabhan displays a remarkable range. We read of a white American widow who plans a designer version of sati or self-immolation, a pervert and his magic phallus on a double-decker bus, a black American girl with a unique take on Hindu civilization, a juvenile mad scientist who schemes in a proletarian dystopia, electronic simulacra that make high-voltage love, and a mature scientist who confronts infertility in teeming India. For good measure, there’s also a coming-of-age story, a marriage proposal, a thwarted murder, and a story about the Government of India’s Bureau of Reincarnation.

 

Contents

Introduction

 

Teaser

A Government of India Undertaking

The Other Woman

Khajurado

Hot Death, Cold Soup

Exile

The Strength of Small Things

Stains

Feast

Three Virgins

 

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