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Selected Short Stories (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

Rabindranath Tagore , William Radice
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1 Sep 2005 Penguin Classics
Poet, novelist, painter and musician, Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) is the grand master of Bengali culture. Written during the 1890s, the stories in this selection brilliantly recreate vivid images of Bengali life and landscapes in their depiction of peasantry and gentry, casteism, corrupt officialdom and dehumanizing poverty. Yet Tagore is first and foremost India's supreme Romantic poet, and in these stories he can be seen reaching beyond mere documentary realism towards his own profoundly original vision.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New ed edition (1 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780140449839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140449839
  • ASIN: 0140449833
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), Nobel laureate for literature (1913), was one of modern India's greatest poets and writers

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5.0 out of 5 stars An endearing read 2 Aug 2007
By Dr. Babus Ahmed VINE VOICE
These short stories have been read by three generations in my family, so it provides an insight into the life of my grandparents and great grandparents. I feel very little has been lost in translation, and the true message and feeling Tagore was trying to convey are very much in evidence in these short stories.

No matter how short his stories are they are always poignant and well paced. Tagore quite rightly is referred to as a master story teller, and many of his works have been converted to film in the world of Bengali cinema, some have even crossed over to Bollywood. His haunting tales are worth reading and it is a shame it is no longer in vogue to read Tagore, as he really has so much to offer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars finely polished diamonds. 5 Dec 1999
By A Customer
These are beautiful stories, finely polished diamonds which glitter and yet underpinning them is an exquisite and complicated pathos. I consider them the greatest 20th century collection of short stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading 13 April 2007
Although Tagore has been somewhat forgotten in Europe, he remains one of the most fluid of writers and he should be due for a revival as India becomes more prominent on the horizon of our euro-centric conciousness and the experience of colonialism, cultural and political, retreat to a safe distance. The stories are excellent and entertaining. Although the culture that Tagore describes has passed away, there is a tension between nascent modernism and the traditional life of Bengal that flavours the background and strikes perhaps a more contemporary note than say fifty years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Translation 29 July 2013
By iow001
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I have read Tagore's work in Bengali. This English version is so wonderfully done! Nothing has been lost in translation.
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