The wonderful Dr. Donia Gobar and I are representing Afghanistan in this excellent anthology. Thanks to the hard work of Sukrita Paul Kumar and Malashri Lal, the anthology is quiet expansive and covers West Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia. What an honor to be included among such talented women and such important stories. Thank you Sukrita! There will definitely be an even to celebrate the publication of this very soon.
Speaking for Myself: An Anthology of Asian Women’s Writing
By Sukrita Paul Kumar (Editor), Malashri Lal (Editor)
This anthology of stories and poems challenges the stereotypical image of women, particularly Asian women, as passive and submissive. While the women in these stories come from diverse cultural backgrounds, their voices give poignant expression to many issues which are common—motherhood, family dynamics, economic deprivation, sexuality—questioning the patriarchal authority under which they lead their lives. Drawing upon the work of over sixty authors—from China, Mongolia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Macau, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, and many others—the book offers a filigree of existential concerns and overlapping cultural patterns reflected in the literatures of these nations, transcending political boundaries.
Publisher: Penguin Books India