Book of Common Signs

Book of Common Signs She moves forward with mincing steps in time to an air inaudible to all but her as if in precise synchrony with a phalanx of other dancers But she is alone Weeping and wailing she beats her breasts r

  • Title: Book of Common Signs
  • Author: Ashok Srinivasan
  • ISBN: 9789351361619
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Hardcover
  • She moves forward with mincing steps in time to an air inaudible to all but her, as if in precise synchrony with a phalanx of other dancers But she is alone Weeping and wailing she beats her breasts rhythmically She passes by a mourning sleepwalker moving in measure like a male Muharram dancer in a penitential procession in Karbala bearing the unbearable weight of her dShe moves forward with mincing steps in time to an air inaudible to all but her, as if in precise synchrony with a phalanx of other dancers But she is alone Weeping and wailing she beats her breasts rhythmically She passes by a mourning sleepwalker moving in measure like a male Muharram dancer in a penitential procession in Karbala bearing the unbearable weight of her dead child as though it weighs nothing at all.An evocative collection of thirteen short stories, Book of Common Signs is set among the women and men who inhabit the streets and by lanes, the high rises and hutments of middle class India Passionate, seductive and pulsating with raw energy, they break the boundaries of life and art to inhabit a landscape that is a metaphor for the dark anxieties of their own minds.Ashok Srinivasan explores the human condition with clarity and compassion In Mother and Child Charcoal on Charred Paper he tells us the story of a married woman whose life unravels after a miscarriage as she finds solace in the love of another woman In Not to Be Loose Shunted he narrates the story of a young man coming to terms with the absence of a missing father Ex votos for a Mask Maker is at one level about Srinivasan s own anguish as a writer telling the tale of a playwright whose dramatic characters come to life in order to destroy him.Elegantly crafted and richly layered, these are stories of profound insight and great emotional power.

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    1. Note : A Review of this book will be up in @ Readers' MuseA book of short stories is not exactly my cup of tea. I prefer reading a continuous proper story with proper character development and substance which I always felt that a short story lacked. My bestie/co-blogger, got me interested in short stories after she sent me few written by her. Having met the humble writer at The Hindu Lit for life 2015, I couldn't help but wonder what exactly he had written to win a literary award. It is not ever [...]

    2. A horrible book for story lovers. This book won the Hindu Literary Prize, but it does not at all deserve to. The writing is of exceptional literary quality, but the stories are not stories - they are just musings of the author. A disappointment.

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