The End of the World by Cha contributor and Nepalese writer Sushma Joshi, is now available in Bookazine, HK. The fifty copies will arrive soon, so please go to the bookstore and book your copy before the stocks run out! This edition is brought out by Sansar Media, and is only available in SE Asia, at present.
The End of the World was long-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Author Sushma Joshi was born and brought up in Kathmandu. She has a BA from Brown University, USA.
Sansar Media aims to jumpstart the publishing industry in Nepal by paying authors a fair royalty, strengthening copyright, and encouraging a new generation of writers to devote themselves to literature and scholarship. It also aims to instill a culture of reading and literacy by printing low-cost books from profits generated from its more profitable titles.
Reviews for The End of the World:
What makes The End of the World stand out as a collection of short
stories is Joshi's masterful and elegant use of language. … a
confident debut collection for Joshi, in which the deceptively simple
exterior of her prose peels away to reveal multiple layers of
investigation into human longing and emptiness.
The Kathmandu Post
This compilation of short stories, Sushma Joshi’s first book, is
firmly rooted in the Nepali experience, especially of the past
decade…Joshi does well in giving voice to these desires, drawing the
reader in with poignant and humorous portrayals of the characters’
quests for fulfillment.
Surabhi Pudasaini, Himal Magazine
Sushma Joshi's writing and perseverance has not only raised the bar in
English medium literature in Nepal, but created it when there was
Emma Sciantarelli, WAVE Magazine
Deeply evocative, the stories present glimpses of small, private
dramas that are shaped by larger political happenings… Unlike other
works by English writers in Nepal, Joshi’s stories are firmly rooted
in Nepal’s soil.
Deepak Adhikari, Nepal Monitor
The End of the World certainly marks a new beginning and will, with
hope, lead to a flourishing literary publishing industry in Nepal.
Abha Eli Phoboo, Republica
Sushma Joshi's fiction has been published in issue #3 of Cha. - -