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Matchbox
Ashapurna Debi
Prasenjit Gupta
Jhumpa Lahiri
Classification : General & Literary Fiction
Pub Date : Oct 15, 2015
Imprint : Hachette India
Page Extent : 352
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9789351950424
Price : 399

About the book

A stalwart among Bengali writers, Ashapurna Debi (1909-95) was one of those rare authors able to render the voice of an entire culture, to capture its nuances and most abiding traditions with startling precision and formidable insight.

Each of the twenty-one stories in Matchbox, carefully selected from Ashapurna Debi's extensive body of work and brilliantly translated from Bengali to retain the original flavour of the language and Debi's style, highlights the tensions inherent in a society of close-knit and interdependent families.

In 'Poddolota's Dream', a young girl returns to the scene of a harrowing childhood, magnanimous and victorious for reasons quite her own; in 'Grieving for Oneself', a midnight scare shows an ailing man precisely how he fits into the world he has worked his life to build; in 'Glass Beads Diamonds', a woman attends a wedding reception at her estranged in-laws', bearing a gift that has cost her far too much. In other stories, a family rues an unexpected disappearance of one of their own, two friends come to terms with a lost friendship, and a couple's relationship is interrupted by the sudden appearance of an old flame.

Written with singular insight, often shocking and always compelling, the stories in Matchbox reveal in brilliant sparks the universal verities embedded within narrow domestic walls and present a literary genius at work.


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Ashapurna Debi
Ashapurna Debi (1909-95), the author of dozens of novels, short-story collections, and children's works, was one of the most significant Bengali writers of the twentieth century. Her best-known...(+)
Prasenjit Gupta

Prasenjit Gupta is the author of A Brown Man and Other Stories, the children's novel To the Blue King's Castle, and a collect...(+)

Jhumpa Lahiri
Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of The Lowland and three previous works of fiction: Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake, and Unaccustomed Earth. A recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, a...(+)