Sarojini Sahoo Stories

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Sarojini Sahoo Stories
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Author Sarojini Sahoo
Country India
Language English
Genre Short Stories
Published 2006 (Grassroots) (India)
Media type Print (Hardback
ISBN 81-89040-26-X
OCLC 132687711
LC Class MLCM 2007/00190 (P) PK2579.S2368

Sarojini Sahoo Stories is an anthology of stories by Indian feminist writer Sarojini Sahoo, written originally in Oriya. The anthology was published in 2006 by the publisher Grassroots Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, India.

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Though in her stories Sarojini deals with the social issues but she is basically a writer of Individual values .In Oriya literature, a reader can see there is always a conflict between social values and individual values.This conflict can be seen from the first short story Rebati written by Fakir Mohan Senapati to till now .In nineteenth Century, the social values are the dominion factor in Oriya Fictions but in post independent age, more individual vale based fictions came to the light.In this context, Sarojini says : “As a feminist I think I am more a writer and as a writer I think I am more a feminist.” .[1]

Sarojini is considered as Simone de Beauvoir of India,[2] but Sarojini is not like the feminist of second wave. She has a distinct view on “Other ” theory and according to her for their "Eternal Feminine" women are forced to relinquish their claims to transcendence and authentic subjectivity by a progressively more stringent acceptance of the "passive" and "alienated" role . It is not always due to man’s "active" and "subjective" demands. They are the woman, unknowingly accept the subjugation as a part of ‘subjectivity’’ Sarojini accepts feminism as a total entity of female hood which is completely separate from the man’s world. She writes with a greater consciousness of women bodies, which would create a more honest and appropriate style of openness, fragmentation and non-linearity. Her fiction always projects a feminine sensibility from puberty to menopause. The feminine feelings like restrictions in adolescence, pregnancy, the fear factors like being raped or being condemned by society and the concept of a bad girl, etc, always have thematic exposure in her novels and short stories. Some of Sarojini's famous stories like “Smoke”, and “Few Pages of Vacant Lot” are not found in this collection, though their English versions are available and readers can also read them from different websites.

The book starts with Sarojini’s famous story “Rape” and ends with “Behind the Scene”.Both the stories were responsible to raise a storm of controversy when these were published originally first time in Oriya.In “Rape”, the writer asks a question whether a woman has no right for her sexual desire even if in her dream ? And in “Behind the Scene” she compares the lesbian love with heterosexual love.

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