Translation: Renaud Lavandier
This collection of twelve short stories gives a vivid image of an India which is at the same time very authentic and not commonly described. Everyday life in villages or in the cities where people coming from the country have to find their way and meet rebuke and despise. Abdul Bismillah has himself met these peculiar characters and their misfortunes sound genuine and very touching. The book is bilingual: first the translations in French, then the Hindi texts.
Abdul Bismillah teaches Hindi and Sanskrit at the Faculty of Humanities and Languages in New Delhi. He is an author of novels and short stories beloved in India and translated into several languages. He is a Muslim.