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Book Title: The Binding Vine|
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v The author of the book: Shashi Deshpande
Edition: The Feminist Press at CUNY
Date of issue: May 1st 2001
ISBN 13: 9781558612679
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Read full description of the books The Binding Vine:"There can be no vaulting over time," thinks Urmi, the narrator of The Binding Vine. "We have to walk every step of the way, however difficult or painful it is; we can avoid nothing." After the death of her baby, Urmi's finds her own path difficult to endure. But through her grief, she is drawn into the lives of two unlikely women—a long-dead relative and a young girl in a coma. As the stories of these three women unravel so does a tale of quiet courage and unfaltering hope.
The first woman Urmi is drawn to is Mina, her long-dead mother-in-law, who exists only in the notebooks she has left behind, discovered by chance in a dusty storage trunk. Mina's journals and poetry reveal the trials of a vibrant young woman trapped in an unhappy arranged marriage, and of a gifted writer whose work, because she is a woman, must remain secret and unread. The second, a young woman named Kalpana, has also been silenced: the victim of a violent rape, she hovers between life and death in a hospital ward, watched over by her impoverished mother, with whom Urmi forms a bond of mutual comfort.
The miracle of The Binding Vine, and of Shashi Deshpande's deeply compassionate vision, is that out of this web of loss and despair emerge strands of life and hope—a binding vine of love and connection that spreads across chasms of time, distance, and even death. In moving and exquisitely understated prose, Deshpande renders visible the extraordinary endurance and grace concealed in women's everyday lives.
Shashi Deshpande is the author of seven novels, including A Matter of Time, as well as several volumes of short stories and a number of chidlren's books. She is winner of the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award.
Ritu Menon, a founder of Kali for Women, India's first feminist publisher, has co-edited three anthologies of writing by Indian women.
Read information about the authorNovelist and short story writer, Shashi Deshpande began her career with short stories and has by now authored nine short story collections, twelve novels and four books for children. Three of her novels have received awards, including the Sahitya Akademi award for `That Long Silence'. Some of her other novels are `The Dark Holds No Terrors', `A Matter of Time', `Small Remedies', `Moving On', `In The Country of Deceit' and `Ships that Pass'. Her latest novel is `Shadow Play'.Many of her short stories and novels have been translated into a number of Indian as well as European languages. She has translated two plays by her father, Adya Rangacharya, (Shriranga), as well as his memoirs, from Kannada into English, and a novel by Gauri Deshpande from Marathi into English.
Apart from fiction, she has written a number of articles on various subjects - literature, language, Indian writing in English, feminism and women's writing - which have now been put together in a collection `Writing from the Margin.' She has been invited to participate in various literary conferences and festivals, as well as to lecture in Universities, both in India and abroad.
She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2008.
List of books by Shashi Deshpande
Dark Holds No Terrors (1982)
That Long Silence (1989)
A Matter of Time
Shadow Play (2013)
The Narayanpur Incident
If I Die Today
In the Country of Deceit
The Binding Vine
Ships That Pass (2012)
The Intrusion And Other Stories
3 Novels : A Summer Adventure, The Hidden Treasure, The Only Witness
Come Up & Be Dead
Collected Stories (Volume - 1)
Collected Stories (Volume - 2)
Writing from the Margin: And Other Essays
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