Selected Short Stories (Paperback)
A Penguin Classic
Poet, novelist, painter, and musician, Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941) is the grand master of Bengali culture. Written during the 1890s, the stories in this selection brilliantly recreate vivid images of Bengali life and landscapes in their depiction of peasantry and gentry, casteism, corrupt officialdom and dehumanizing poverty. Yet Tagore is first and foremost India’s supreme Romantic poet, and in these stories he can be seen reaching beyond mere documentary realism towards his own profoundly original vision.
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About the Author
Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941) was a key figure of the Bengal Renaissance. A poet, songwriter, playwright, essayist, short story writer, and novelist, Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1931.
William Radice is a poet, scholar, and translator of Bengali, who has written or edited nearly thirty books. He has translated Tagore’s short stories and his novel The Home and the World for Penguin Classics.
By the Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature