The Art Of Dying
Gripping and insightful stories on the modern Indian condition
Twenty stories of contemporary Indian life that demonstrate the range of Hariharan's writing, executed with a precision of style and magical imagery. Sometimes comic (yet tinged with sadness) as in the much-anthologized 'The Remains of the Feast' where an old woman near the end of her life suddenly feels the urge to sample all the food she has been forbidden; sometimes with a twist as in 'Gajar Halwa' where Chellamma, a servant girl from a small-town family, finally understands what makes a big city work; sometimes moving as in 'The Reprieve', these stories never fail to surprise and delight.
Githa Hariharan has written novels, short fiction and essays over the last three decades. Her highly acclaimed work includes The Thousand Faces of Night which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book in 1993, the short story collection The Art of Dying, the novels The Ghosts of Vasu Master, When Dreams Travel, In Times of Siege, Fugitive Historiesand I Have Become the Tide, and a collection of essays Almost Home: Cities and Other Places. She has also written children's stories, edited a collection of translated short fiction, A Southern Harvest, and the essay collection From India to Palestine: Essays in Solidarity, and co-edited Battling for India: A Citizen's Reader.
Hariharan has, over the years, been a cultural commentator through her essays, lectures and activism. For more on this Delhi-based author and her work, visit www.githahariharan.com.