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Joothan : a dalit's life

Author: Omaprakāśa Vālmīki; Arun Prabha Mukherjee
Publisher: New York ; Chichester [England] : Columbia University Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Omprakash Valmiki's Joothan, an autobiographical account of his birth and upbringing as an untouchable, or Dalit, in the newly independent India of the 1950s, is one of the first portrayals of Dalit life in north India from an insider's perspective. "Joothan" literally means scraps of food left on a plate, destined for the garbage or for the family pet in a middle-class urban home. It is related to the word  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Omaprakāśa Vālmīki
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Omaprakāśa Vālmīki; Arun Prabha Mukherjee
ISBN: 0231129726 9780231129725
OCLC Number: 488436754
Description: xlviii, 158 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Contents: Foreword, by Arun Prabha Mukherjee Preface to the Hindi Edition Introduction, by Arun Prabha Mukherjee Joothan Glossary
Other Titles: Joothan.
Responsibility: Omprakash Valmiki ; translated by Arun Prabha Mukherjee.

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Presents an autobiographical account of the author's birth and upbringing as an untouchable, or Dalit, in the newly independent India of the 1950s. As a document of the long silenced and long denied  Read more...

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As an editor and writer, Valmiki has done much to stake out a space for Dalit literary expression, well exemplified by this narrative. Fascinating cultural and personal history. Booklist Mukherjee Read more...

 
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