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Shashi Deshpande

 
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India - South Asia
Genres Fiction, Non Fiction, Novels, Short Stories
Languages English
Shashi Deshpande (born 1938) is one of India’s most eminent writers. She has written novels, short stories, children’s books, non fiction literary and feminist pieces for magazines and newspapers, and the script for a feature film (Drishti). She has won awards including the Sahitya Akademi Award for That Long Silence, which was translated into Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Urdu, German, Dutch, Finnish, Danish and Kannada. Her first novel The Dark Holds No Terror was made into a full-length feature film. Her ninety short stories have also been translated into many languages and collected in six volumes.

Shashi Deshpande was on the Advisory Board of the Sahitya Akademi for five years and was the Chairperson of the Jury for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize in 2000.

Shashi’s writings are complex but seamlessly woven narratives which explore the lives of people, specially women. Unconsciously her writing is informed by feminism, which she finds a source of strength, though unfortunately this sometimes results in her work being slotted into this one category.


Awards
1. Sahitya Akademi Award for That Long Silence

Bibliography
1. That Long Silence (1988)
2. The Dark Holds No Terror (1980)
3. The Binding Vine (1993)
4. Moving On (2004)
5. The Intrusion and Other Stories (1993)
6. Come Up and Be Dead (1983)
7. Roots and Shadows (1983)
8. The Legacy and Other Stories (1978)
9. A Matter of Time (1999)
10. Writing from the Margin and Other Essays
11. The Narayanpur Incident (Children’s Stories, 1992)
12. The Hidden Treasure (Children’s Stories, 1980)
13. The Only Witness (Children’s Stories, 1982)
14. A Summer Adventure (Children’s Stories, 1983)


Associated publishers
Vikas Publishing House, Feminist Press, Penguin

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