The story of Beero and his motley group friends is set against the impending partition of India. Beero s passage through adolescence is told through a series of vignettes involving characters who are each more eccentric than the next wrestler, quack, prostitute; Hindu, Muslim, Sikh. But when partition becomes a reality, in a time of terror and carnage, the insane turn out be the only ones sane.
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A major Hindi writer known for his iconoclastic and innovative work, Krishna Baldev Vaid was born in 1927 in Dinga, now in Pakistan. He survived the horrifying carnage that accompanied the partition of the Indian subcontinent, and regards his involuntary transplantation to the Indian side of the border as his most traumatic existential experience.
Vaid was educated at Punjab and Harvard universities, and has taught at Indian and American universities. He has published novels, novellas, short stories, plays, diaries, literary criticism and translations; and his work has been translated and published in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Japanese, and several Indian languages.
Charles Sparrows is a freelance translator with advanced degrees from the University of Chicago. He has travelled extensively in Europe and Asia, and currently lives in Chicago.
Text: English, Hindi (translation)
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Book Description Penguin, 2014. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0143419781