15 May, 2021

Heroes For Our Troubled Times

Build up to moments when one might find oneself in laughter in the dark - a tonic for seasonal cheer.

Heroes For Our Troubled Times
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These two collections of well-crafted and precise short stories could have you feel as if the ellipses are being filled in, the trailing dots in a conversation or a shadowy inkling being tracked to nuances that often go unremarked or unarticulated.

“My father said that in India they gave names to the dark space between the stars. It was the darkness that was novel, scarce, that seemed brilliant against so much light. Sometimes I would find my father late at night in the living room, the lights all off, only the clock glowing on the vcr. He would say that it was such a relief, this darkness, this not being able to see. Only years later did I learn what it was he was hoping not to see,” remarks the floating narratorial voice in Sidhu’s Neanderthal Tongues. A powerful, suggestive story, it sculpts darkness from sparks of violence and finds the primal, atavistic expression of terror, one that transcends boundaries, language and time. Hero of the Nation, another disquieting story, explores the dynamics of caring for an ailing (grand)parent...

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