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Poisoned Bread: Translations from Modern Marathi Dalit Literature

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Silenced for centuries by caste prejudice and social oppression, the Dalits of Maharashtra (formerly called ‘untouchables’) have only in the last forty years found a powerful voice in Marathi literature.

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Silenced for centuries by caste prejudice and social oppression, the Dalits of Maharashtra (formerly called ‘untouchables’) have only in the last forty years found a powerful voice in Marathi literature. The revolutionary social movement launched by their leader Dr Ambedkar was paralleled by a wave of writing that exploded in poetry, prose, fiction and autobiography of a raw vigour, maturity, depth and richness of content, and shocking in its exposition of the bitterness of their experiences. One is jolted, too, by the quality of writing by a group denied access for long ages to any literary tradition. This important collection is the first anthology of Dalit literature. The writers more than eighty of them – presented here in English translations, are nearly all of the most prominent figures in Marathi Dalit literature, who have contributed to this unique phenomenon.

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