Classic Stories No. 7:
MAHASWETA DEVI, ‘Draupadi’
(trans. Gayatry Chakravorty Spivak)
ONCE A WEEK, and while submissions are open for the GBP Short Story Prize 2017/18, we'll be posting a short story for our friends and entrants to access freely.
Seventh is Mahasweta Devi’s ‘Draupadi’, chosen by GBP Short Story Prize judge Preti Taneja. This choice, Preti writes, is an example of “Brilliantly constructed modernist writing, full of politics and passion, by one of India's foremost and most fearless writers. Spivak's translation highlights the violence the imposition of the coloniser's language was on the local tongue.”
You can read ‘Draupadi’ here.
Mahasweta Devi died in 2016, at the age of 90. You can read the New York Times obituary, and learn more about her life and achievements, here.
To learn more about this year’s prize, head here.
Scroll down to read more of our judge’s classic story selections.