. Apa jadinya bila Ernest Hemingway 'kongkow' bareng bersama Maxim Gorky, Rabindranath Tagore, Prem Chand, Margaret Bonham, dan beberapa penulis kaliber dunia lainnya? Jawabnya : Kita kudu ikutan kongkow bareng 😉 . . Ini buku kumpulan cerpen dari penulis-penulis yang saya sebut tadi. Tak perlu saya ulas panjang lebarpun kalian pasti bisa membayangkan bagaimana serunya bertemu dengan mereka hanya dalam satu buku. . . Dibuka dengan cerpen 'Kerangka' milik Rabindranath Tagore, imajinasi akan digiring ke dalam dunia semi-horor. Ada juga 'Rumah di Jalan Buntu' milik Manesh Bhargava yang sebenarnya alur ceritanya sudah sangat umum bisa dengan mudah kita tebak endingnya, tapi entah kenapa masih saja terasa seru. . . Total ada 15 cerpen yang bisa kita baca disini. Cukup dengan beberapa keping biskuit, segelas teh hangat manis, dan ditemani kenangan tentangnya maka buku ini bisa tuntas dengan lunas. . . . #bukudini#bacaandini#koleksidini#ayomembaca#oneweekonebook#satuharisatubuku#kisahdalamsatujam#kumcer#penulisdunia#ernesthemingway#rabindranathtagore#maximgorky#margaretbonham#premchand#ayobacabuku#reviewdini
Manto is said to be one of the most gifted short story writers in Asia. He lived in pre-partitioned India. For those who don't know, India and Pakistan were created in 1947. It was a time to great trial and tribulations where the country that was once known as the 'Golden Bird of East' was being divided for none other but religious purposes. - - Manto, a Muslim, was a reluctant immigrant to Pakistan and wrote excruciating poignant tales of the India he knew. The stories are simple - they don't speak of the war and the partition itself in great detail but of mundane stories that came about due to it. - - For example - A story of a stray dog in “The Dog of Tithwal” that befriends both enemy camps (Indian and Pakistani) at a border post and is subsequently shot by both sides for being a 'traitor'. The irony seeps in through the pages and you really can see the anguish and human emotions that resonate through each page. - - For those who aren't part of the Indian subcontinent, you may think you'd be out of your depth by reading this, but really you're not! Give it a shot! #litwithregionallit - - #qotd: What's your favourite Manto short story?
Born in 1880, Munshi Premchand or Premchand as he's usually called, is one of the most famous authors in India known for his modern Hindi/Urdu writing. A lot of Indians might have known him and read him because his work was prominently featured in our school text books. 😉 A novel writer, story writer and dramatist, his works include more than a dozen novels, around 250 short stories, several essays and translations of a number of foreign literary works into Hindi. - Most of his stories tell the tale of the poor, the lower middle class or paints a picture of the rural area. Back in the day, he used literature as means to battle social stigmas such as child widowhood, prostitution and help bring about change and drive nationalism during India's freedom struggle. - - In his last book, Godan, that he wrote before he died in 1936, he describes the life in a village - the socio economic deprivation of the farmers and the exploitation of the poor. I'm #currentlyreading it and I really wish I could have read it in Hindi because the english translation is quite terrible. I'm not saying that it is bad, but it, at times, is a literal translation and that doesn't work because you can't just translate local colloquialism and phrases word for word. For example, it would be difficult for people who don't understand hindi to understand phrases like 'smearing his face' a.k.a 'muh kaala kar dena'. You know what I mean. 😂😄 - What do you think? Do book translations work for you? What was the best/worst translated literature you've read? #litwithregionallit
"Experienced" this interesting play by @rangaaitheatre today. You are led into the theatre blindfolded and as you settle down, setting of the sketches begins to unfold. It has actors whispering in your ears and smells of scenes wafting about. The three sketches were quite interactive, at times the audience deciding the fate of characters. An anonymous story that forms the first sketch was specially powerful. It managed to stage violation in a way many feature length films haven't been able to. Watch out for the bold performance of the victim and the slithering, vile excuse of a human. The other two sketches were adaptations of short stories by Premchand and Manto. They were well converted into the narrative form. Go watch this play for a unique experience. . . . . . #theatre#play #thedarkroom2.0 #actor#emotion#premchand#manto#experience