No Presents Please
- Schrijver: Jayanth Kaikini (India)
- Soort boek: verhalen
- Origineel: No Presents Please… (2018, Kannada)
- Engelse vertaling: Tejaswini Niranjana
- Uitgever: Catapult Books
- Verschijnt: 28 juli 2020
- Omvang: 240 pagina’s
- Uitgave: Paperback / Ebook
Flaptekst van het boek met verhalen uit Mumbai
Jayant Kaikini’s gaze takes in the people in the corners of Mumbai—a bus driver who, denied vacation time, steals the bus to travel home; a slum dweller who catches cats and sells them for pharmaceutical testing; a father at his wit’s end who takes his mischievous son to a reform institution.
In this metropolis, those who seek find epiphanies in dark movie theaters, the jostle of local trains, and even in roadside keychains and lost thermos flasks. Here, in the shade of an unfinished overpass, a factory worker and her boyfriend browse wedding invitations bearing wealthy couples’ affectations—“no presents please”—and look once more at what they own.
Translated from the Kannada by Tejaswini Niranjana, these resonant stories, recently awarded the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, take us to photo framers, flower markets, and Irani cafes, revealing a city trading in fantasies while its strivers, eating once a day and sleeping ten to a room, hold secret ambitions close.