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Angaliyat tells the story of oppression and exclusion by transforming the vanquished into the victor, by turning the periphery into the core. The portrayal of Methi and Kanku as 'pure' women challenges the age-old perceptions of higher castes which denigrate the practice of remarriage among 'backward' communities. The stepchild who follows the mother to a new home holding her finger or angali, remains on the periphery of the stepfather's family. Significant from several points of view, the novel provides a view of the 'history from below'. Caught in external and internal forms of colonization, the community of weavers, the Vankars, is subject to oppression from the more powerful upper caste of the Patels. This paperback edition includes a revised and updated Introduction and a new Preface.
Joseph Macwan (1935-2010) lived and taught in Anand, Gujarat. He told the stories of Dalit lives in the region as vivid narratives told in the Charotari dialect. Angaliyat is his most acclaimed novel, and Joseph Macwan is Gujarat's well-known Dalit writer. He won several state and national awards for literature.
Rita Kothari is a Professor of Humanities at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. She is well known for her translations, as well as her academic work on translation and language politics in Sindh and Gujarat.
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Preface to the Paperback Edition