The Open-Winged Scorpion

and Other Stories
Translated by Epsita Halder
₹599.00 $21.50 £14.99

Forthcoming in July 2021

A wife is forced into her husband’s cross-border trafficking business; a fakir is tortured and murdered for not following scriptural norms; a Hindu widow times her evening prayer to the tune of the azaan; a horse-cart driver performs the ritual dance of the horse of Karbala; underwater tigers fight ferociously over a dead body in a river . . .

Abul Bashar’s short stories—ten of which are collected in this volume—portray our fears, dreams, hopes and anxieties, brutally exposing human failures and crudities. Yet they are infused with a remarkable sensuality, great lyrical energy and profound philosophy. The trivial and the transcendental emerge in these stories that become an archive and testimony of a community—the Muslims of West Bengal—which is relegated to the margins of society subsumed by its self-interest.

Release Date: Expected release date is 14 July 2021
ISBN: 9780857425508
Pages: 260 pages
Publication Year: July 2021
Format: Hardback
Size: 5 x 8
Rights: UCP
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