Mahasweta Devi is one of India s foremost literary figures, a prolific and best-selling author in Bengali of short fiction and novels, and a deeply political social activist who has been working in marginalized communities for decades. Mother of 1084 is one of Devi s most widely read works, written during the height of the Naxalite agitation—a militant communist uprising that was brutally repressed by the Indian government, leading to the widespread murder of young rebels across Bengal. This novel focuses on the trauma of a mother who awakens one morning to the shattering news that her son is lying dead in the police morgue, reduced to a mere numeral: Corpse No. 1084. Through her struggle to understand his revolutionary commitment as a Naxalite, she recognizes her own alienation—as a woman and a wife—from the complacent, hypocritical, and corrupt feudal society her son had so fiercely rebelled against.
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A wonderful book and like the great cinematographers of the golden age of Mexico and Japan a life is transformed within the span of the day. The heroine relating the story of her life with her son as she celebrates alone the death anniversary of her son. The tension of Government and oppressed values and liberties of the dispossessed laborers are defended by idealistic students in Bengal. The struggle for justice is universal. The sons ideals Are like Che Guevara's in Latin America who also came from the same proletariat class. Free of hunger and ill health he has learned to despise the business class with all its glitter and false values. Mother and son are outwardly different but in the end they are soul mates living under the same roof of hypocrisy and lies. She is submissive and dresses in the style of her class, he dresses in beloved worn out clothing. He is outspoken in his views and rebels joining the student Nextel movement. She is his mother and his true soul mate...
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