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Stories from Saratchandra: Innocence and Reality

Anindita Mukhopadhyay (Author) Saratchandra Chattopadhyay (Author)

Some time ago, a sudden rumour spread across our region that unless three children were sacrificed, the railway bridge over Roopnarayan just could not be constructed. Two small boys had already been buried alive under one of the pillions, and only one more needed to be caught…’

This book is a collection of twelve widely acclaimed short stories of Saratchandra Chattopadhyay, one of the doyens of Bengali literature. Divided into two sections, the first bunch of stories portray childhood in all its unburdened innocence while the latter section leads on to deeper sensibilities—the everyday experience of casteism, the lived reality of social hierarchy, and the bonds of almost filial affection forged between man and animal that sustain both.

Stories from Saratchandra shows Saratchandra’s keen eye as a social commentator, presenting a vivid picture of life in rural Bengal during the early twentieth century.

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About the authors

Anindita Mukhopadhyay

Anindita Mukhopadhyay teaches history at the University of Hyderabad.  She has translated for research purposes over the last few years.  Her Behind the Mask: The Cultural Definition of the Legal Subject in Colonial Bengal 1175-1900 will be published later this year.

Saratchandra Chattopadhyay

Saratchandra Chattopadhyay was born on 15 September 1876 in Devanandapur, a village of West Bengal. He grew up in dire poverty and received very little formal education. After spending some of his youth in Bhagalpur and Muzaffarpur, Saratchandra left for Burma in 1903, and it was from Burma that he began to send his stories and novels to magazines in Kolkata. Sensitive and daring, Saratchandra’s writings captivated the hearts and minds of readers, and he soon became Bengal’s most popular novelist. Saratchandra returned to Kolkata in 1916, and dedicated himself to writing. He was India’s first successful professional writer – a person who earned his entire livelihood only from writing. He died in 1938. Saratchandra remains one of the best-loved Indian novelists of all time; his works have been translated into various languages and made into films as well. Among his best-known novels are Srikanta, Devdas, Palli Samaj, Parineeta, Charitraheen, Grihadaha and Pather Dabi.

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Bibliographic information

Title Stories from Saratchandra: Innocence and Reality
Format Softcover
Date published: 02.02.2018
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rupa & Co.
Language: English
isbn 9788129150400
length 195p.