Laura Brueck is Assistant Professor of Hindi literature and South Asian studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Her book Writing Resistance: The rhetorical Imagination of Hindi Dalit Literature was published in 2014 by Columbia University Press.
172 pages Paperback, 17 x 15 cm Published July 2015 ISBN 9781922146892
Originally written in Hindi, Ajay Navaria’s stories examine the prejudices of India’s caste system, but they speak of inequality wherever it occurs. As complex as they are political, his characters – brahmin or dalit, thakur or mahar – are neither black nor white, neither clearly good nor evil. They evade the determinations of social expectation; they linger in the ‘unclaimed terrain’ between past object and future subject, between caste and democracy.