Overview for The Prince and Other Modern Fables
Indiaâ€™s greatest poet of modern times, Nobel Prize-winning author Rabindranath Tagore was a philosopher, a visionary and a storyteller par excellence. His short, lyrical prose fables, set in a generic fairyland or in everyday locales, are philosophical excursions across magical landscapes that speak to the imaginative child in every reader. The pages of The Prince and Other Modern Fables are full of insightful little stories that reveal the simple truth about life. There is the story of a little boy who has lost his mother, of a tribal girl who is mistaken for a fairy, of a jester who watches a king fight his battles from the sidelines, of a young man who tries to come to terms with his first heartache, and of a modern-day prince who is trying to eke out a living in the unforgiving city. Asking questions that we usually donâ€™t stop to ask ourselves, and often coming up with answers that are surprising in their simplicity, every story sparkles with insights on the human condition, and remains etched in the mind long afterwards. Now available in a lucid and vibrant translation, this classic collection is sure to enchant modern readers who might never have encountered it before.
Rabindranath Tagore (Author)
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Sreejata Guha (Translator)
Sreejata Gupta has an MA in Comparative Literature from State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has worked as a translator and editor with Stree Publication, Seagull Books and Jacaranda Press. She has previously translated Picture Imperfect, a collection of Saradindu Bandyopadhyayâ€™s Byomkesh Bakshi stories, Taslima Nasrinâ€™s Novel French Lover and Saratchandra Chhattopadhyayâ€™s Devdas for Penguin. Her translation of Tagoreâ€™s Home and the World is forthcoming in penguin.