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The Home and The World: Ghare Baire

Rabindranath Tagore (Author) Nivedita Sen (Translator)
Synopsis One of Rabindranath Tagore’s most controversial novels, Ghare Baire (1916), (The Home and the World) continues to be read, taught and discussed with passion because the issues it unravels are pertinent to the literary and social concerns of our times. The tale revolves around Nikhilesh, a benevolent zamindar, Bimala, his wife, and Nikhilesh’s friend Sandip. While Bimala falls in love with the dynamic and ruthlessly fanatical Sandip and identifies in him the nationalist cause in flesh and blood, he configures her as a comprehensive icon of the nation as mother. The interactions among the three lead to an explosive situation. The Novel fictionalizes the tragic predicament of a woman who is exposed to a remarkable freedom in her personal and political choices. It also experiments with a narrative mode that concurrently deploys three autonomous autobiographical voices. Finally, the novel dramatizes a volatile debate between a recklessly militant nationalism and a more considered stance in the wake of the partitioning of Bengal in 1905. It thus not only lends itself to scholarship on gender and genre, but simultaneously offers its discursive representation of the nation as a subject for inter-disciplinary study.
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About the author

Nivedita Sen

Nivedita Sen teaches English in Hans Raj College, University of Delhi, and worked on Comparative Literature for her doctoral project. Her book of translated Bengali detective stories of Syed Mustafa Siraj, The Colonel Investigates, was recently published by Srishti. Shi is also currently editing and translating a selection of children's stories.

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Title The Home and The World: Ghare Baire
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8188575402
length xvi+320p., Glossary; 23cm.