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THE ADIVASI WILL NOT DANCE

STORIES

Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar

In this collection of stories, set in the fertile, mineral-rich hinterland and squalid towns of Jharkhand, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar breathes life into characters such as the troupe-master Mangal Murmu, who refuses to perform for the president of India and is beaten down; Suren and Gita, a couple waiting outside a neonatal ward, hoping—for different reasons—that their blue baby will turn pink; and Panmuni and Biram Soren, who move to Vadodara in the autumn of their lives, only to find that they must stop eating meat to be accepted as citizens.

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