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Fiction anthology

VISALANDHRA TELUGU KATHA (1910-2000): Prof. Kethu Viswanatha Reddy — Chief Editor, Singamaneni Narayana and Penugonda Lakshminarayana — Editors; Visalandhra Publishing House, Abids, Hyderabad-500001.Rs. 400.

MORE THAN a hundred anthologies of Telugu short stories, it is estimated, have appeared in the past Nine decades, since 1910 when the first ever Telugu story by Gurujada Appa Rao appeared in print.

In the earlier anthologies, literary merit was made the yardstick for inclusion. However, during the past two decades, Telugu short story has taken new paths in its evolution and the collections published in this period reflected the new trends.

This anthology has tried to find out if there exists any underlying common thread or cord in the more than a lakh stories authored by some 4,000 Telugu storytellers in the past century. The editors entrusted with the job of collection and selections are all veteran short fiction writers each with his own stamp of quality.

From Gurujada Appa Rao's Mee Peremiti? (Your Name Please) (1910) to Inaytulla's `Valasa' (Migration) (2000), they hae sculled out 108 stories on a selective basis and as many writers were represented in the 1100-page massive volume. However, there are some significant omissions like B. C. Kamaraju, Dr. Malathi Chendur, Dr. K. Ramalakshmi, Dr. N. C. Ramanujachary among a few others with scores of creditable and popular stories to their credit.

Such eminent writers, if added, would have enhanced the history-value as well as research usefulness of the substantial work which is certainly a boon to the short-fiction literature.

The appended brief `Who is who' of the included authors will be of great use to the reader as well as the researcher.

B. S. R. KRISHNA

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