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Straight off the shelf

The Great Short Stories: Guy de Maupassant (Jaico, Rs 195) brings back one of the true greats of short stories in any language.

books Updated: May 21, 2012 15:14 IST

No short of greatness
Cheap Indian versions of world literature gems are always good news. What is even better is The Great Short Stories: Guy de Maupassant (Jaico, Rs 195) brings back one of the true greats of short stories in any language — in an inexpensive yet agreeable format. The French writer and Flaubert protégé’s best works are there, including ‘That Pig of a Morrin’.

Inside the ‘Indian’
For many, Sudhir Kakar’s idea of an ‘Indian’ identity, as against the many warring identities that Indians have to encompass, is problematic but that does not deter Kakar to continue with his research. Culture and Psyche: Selected Essays, 2nd Ed (OUP, Rs 225) has the charm and style emblematic of Kakar and that which make the academic essays all the more readable.

Slippery terrain
Debutant novelist Janet Wise’s The Black Silk Road (HarperCollins, Rs 295) is loosely based on the incident of Daniel Pearl’s ghastly murder and the subsequent visit of his wife to unravel the crime. Wise adds to the romance angle by making the wife fall in love again amidst the dangerous terrains of Silk Route, whose conflicts are as old the route itself.