Mahasweta Devi was a famed Indian novelist and writer of short stories, usually featuring female and/or subaltern characters.
Devi was born on January 14, 1926 in what is now Bangladesh. Her father was a writer and her mother and aunt educated illiterate girls in Dhaka, which inspired in Devi a life of service.
In 1947 Devi married playwright Bijon Bhattacharya, and they moved to Calcutta (now Kolkata) where they had a son. Devi had to work odd jobs to supplement her husband’s income. She...