Wrong Number and
other Stories

Mahasweta Devi

Translated by Subhransu Maitra


5.5 x 8.5 inches, vi + 74pp 0

ISBN : 9788170462927

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Four stories. The shrill ring of a telephone in the depths of the night, the nightmare of an anxious father who refuses to face the fear that his son may have been killed. The desperate plea of a destitute dusad goatherd that he has a ‘fundamental right’ to his property of a few ill-fed goats. The terror of a little boy at the relentless violence of the upper castes against his kith and kin, in his mind inextricably linked to the name ‘Gandhi’ after whom public spaces are so often named. And the helpless grief of two mothers who mourn the deaths of their sons, Ram and Rahim, separated by religion but in the end united in the senseless waste of their untimely deaths. Not front page news, just the human face of the statistics that swell the inside pages of our newspapers. In her inimitable manner, the author brings us face to face with the reality of oppression and repression that haunts our country. 

Mahasweta Devi is one of India's foremost writers. Her powerful fiction has won her recognition in the form of the Sahitya Akademi (1979), Jnanpith (1996) and Ramon Magsaysay (1996) awards, amongst several other literary honours. She was also awarded the Padmasree in 1986, for her activist work amongst dispossessed tribal communities. 


Subhransu Maitra is a translator currently working as a copy-editor in the publications department, Netaji Subhas Open University, Calcutta.

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