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Selected Satire


 | Book Awards 2022 | Translated into English

Selected Satire ()

Full Title: Selected Satire: Fifty Years of Ignorance

Author: Shrilal Shukla
Publisher: Penguin Random House India
Translator: Matt Reeck
Original Language: Hindi

Award Category: Translated into English
About the Book: 

Selected Satire: Fifty Years of Ignorance brings together about 20 satire pieces of eminent Hindi writer, Shrilal Shukla. Most noted for his novel Raag Darbari, for which he received the Sahitya Akademi Award, Shukla also wrote several collections of satirical essays and short stories.
The pieces in this volume include his socio-political and cultural satires, where he caricaturizes politicians, mocks the bureaucracy (many of whom were his friends), and picks on the so-called developmental schemes of the government. A couple of pieces are also about small town attitudes and pretentions of intellectuals. The overall flavour is of an irreverence to authority and humour drawn from everyday occurrences.

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