|Radha Will Not Cook Today and Other Stories
edited by Niaz Zaman
ISBN 984 8715 12 6 2007 140pp 215x136mm HB Tk.350.00 US$23.00
Written over a span of thirty years, from the mid-seventies to the present, the stories in this anthology suggest the range of Purabi Basu’s themes as well as the versatility of her craft. At the same time, whether writing about a mythic region as in "The Rage of Moonlight" or about contemporary America as in "Stairs," whether couched in the poetic lilt of "Radha Will Not Cook Today" or in the prosaic listing of scientific data of "Mother-Earth," the stories reveal the writer’s feminist concerns as well as her deep humanistic sensibilities. Her variety of styles, structure and language is sure to appeal to a range of readers. Despite being translations, the stories in this volume, rendered into English by translators, many of whom are poets or short story writers, in Bangla or in English, literary editors and editors of literary magazines, will help convey to an audience not familiar with the original Bangla the richness of Purabi Basu’s talent.
Purabi Basu is a scientist by profession and has published extensively in her own field. She is also a creative writer with several anthologies of short stories to her credit, among them, Purabi Basur Galpa, Ajanma Parabashi, Niruddha Samiran, Ekada Ekhane Kanya Santan Janmo Nito, Josona Korechhey Aari, and Galpa Samagra. Her feminist concerns are reflected in her short stories as well as in her articles and columns and in her book Nari Bhabana. She has also edited Nari Tumi Nitya, a collection of feminist stories from all over the world which she has translated into Bangla. Her writings have been included in magazines and anthologies published in the US, India, and Bangladesh. In 2005 Purabi Basu won the Annanya Literary Award. She is at present working in New York.