Brahma's Weapon: Stories

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About the Author

Ashapurna Debi (1909-95) was born into a conservative Calcutta family. She was married early and plunged into the domestic life that she soon began to depict masterfully in her work; her writing career extended more than seventy years.Ashapurna's writings express perfectly the grace and dignity of women and men of the middle class. Her work remains unparalleled in its realism, its acuity, its depth of perception and compassion; and her output was prodigious, with dozens of novels, short-story collections, and children's books. Her most popular novels were the trilogy of Pratham Pratishruti, Subarnalata, and Bakulkatha, which spanned the period from the 'twenties, before Independence, to the 'sixties, and in which she led the way in tackling universal women's issues in their Bengali manifestations.Ashapurna Debi's work has been repeatedly honored with significant awards at the regional and national levels. In 1978 her work was recognized with India's highest literary honor, the Gyanpeeth Award, and in 1994 she was chosen a Fellow of the Sahitya Akademi. Ashapurna Debi is widely regarded as one of the greatest Indian writers of the twentieth century.Prasenjit Gupta is the author of A Brown Man and Other Stories and the children's novel To the Blue King's Castle as well as a critically acclaimed collection of stories translated from Hindi, Indian Errant: Short Stories by Nirmal Verma. A graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop and a former Fulbright scholar, he writes fiction in English and translates fiction and poetry from Hindi and Bengali into English. He was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for translating the stories in Brahma's Weapon.Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of the new novel The Lowland. She was born in London and raised in Rhode Island. Her debut, bestselling collection, Interpreter of Maladies, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and was translated into twenty-nine languages. Her first novel, The Namesake, was a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. Her second collection, Unaccustomed Earth, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and named a best book of the year by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. Lahiri was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2012.