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This Could Have Become Ramayan Chamar's Tale: Two Anti-Novels

This Could Have Become Ramayan Chamar's Tale: Two Anti-Novels

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Publisher Price: $15.95

ISBN10: 1948830159
ISBN13: 9781948830157
Publisher: Open Letter
Published: Jul 21 2020
Pages: 296
Weight: 0.75
Height: 0.90 Width: 5.50 Depth: 8.40
Language: English
Subimal Misra--anarchist, activist, anti-establishment, experimental anti-writer--is one of India's greatest living writers. This collection of two anti-novels is the first of his works to appear in the U.S. This Could Have Become Ramayan Chamar's Tale is a novella about trying to write a novella about a tea-estate worker turned Naxalite named Ramayan Chamar, who gets arrested during a worker's strike and is beaten up and killed in custody. But every time the author attempts to write that story, reality intrudes in various forms to create a picture of a nation and society that is broken down and where systemic inequalities are perpetuated by the middle- and upper-classes which are either indifferent or actively malignant. When Color Is a Warning Sign goes even further in its experimentation, abandoning the barest pretense of narrative and composed entirely as a collage of vignettes and snippets of dialogue, reportage, autobiography, etc. Together these two anti-novels are a direct assault on the vast conspiracy of not seeing that makes us look away from the realities of our socio-political order.

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