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The American Who Translates Some of India’s Finest Hindi Writers into English

The biggest challenge facing translators of contemporary South Asian literature today is the issue of copyright permissions and disputes.

Daisy Rockwell is the translator of Hats and Doctors, a collection of short stories by the Hindi writer Upendranath Ashk, as well as of Ashk’s famous novel, Girti Diwarein, titled Falling Walls in English. Her 2004 book, Upendranath Ashk: A Critical Biography, is an exemplary work of literary biography, locating Ashk and his writing within the history of Hindi language and literature.

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