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Review: New Nepal, New Voices

Anglicised Portraits

Despite the initial hiccups, the anthology is an impressive collection of stories from Nepal — a country with no dearth of ideas or talent. It is a promising sign of things to come.
—Jyoti Thapa Mani

New Nepal, New Voices review in

To cut a long story short

The other day I was browsing the internet when I stumbled upon a web posting in ECS magazine by a guest columnist. The beginning sentence: "You may have wondered, as I did, why there are so few anthologies of fiction from Nepali writers writing in English."
Then there is the mention about the difficulty in editing an anthology, and a casual remark: "When faced with no stories, something is better than nothing."

The excerpt by Sushma Joshi, a prominent writer and filmmaker, is important as it throws light upon...truth about the dearth of good short stories written by Nepali writers.

In recent years, there has truly been a huge surge in the number of people who produce and consume English literature. What is ironic is the fact that no one makes a living from writing short stories anymore. And yet, short stories have survived through the rough years and even freed itself from the dictates o…