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Sunil Gangopadhyay (Author) Enakshi Chatterjee (Translator)
Synopsis Pratidwandi is set in the Late 1960s when a sense of frustration and lack of purpose characterized the urban youth of Calcutta. There was cynicism and despair, and college students turned to communist ideology. Pratidwandi perfectly captures this mood. Siddhartha, the central character, is typical of this generation. His family had seen better days, but now with their tea estates lost, the father dead, and Siddhartha, the eldest brother, unemployed, the family is compelled to send the young daughter to work. She rebels against this in a way which brings embarrassment and dishonour to the family, especially in Siddhartha. There is an intensity that defines Siddhartha from his integrity to his seething rage. The redeeming feature of this otherwise bleak novel is a streak of romanticism that runs through the narrative and the glimpse of a beautiful and innocent world which keeps the protagonist striving and the reader sympathetic to his cause. Satyajit Ray made a film of this story. For him, Sunil Gangopadhyay is a very visual writer. The characters, incidents and relationships are all largely built up by means of sensitively observed external details… If the surface appears simple there is depth and density underneath. According to Ashapurna Devi, an admirer of Sunil Gangopadhyay, “The sensibility of a real artist can turn the common into uncommon, the ordinary into extraordinary. Sunil has the power to light up these areas. The light is clear but not dazzling.”
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About the author

Sunil Gangopadhyay

One of the leading Bengali literatures of contemporary times, Sunil Gangopadhyay born in Faridpur, Bangladesh obtained a master's degree from Calcutta University. He has worked in several capacities and is presently associated with the "Desh" magazine. He is the Vice-president of the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. Sunil Gangopadhyay's first literry contribution was through poetry. He was the founder editor of "Krittivas". It was at the beight of his fame as a poet, that he started writing novels. He has received the "Ananda Puraskar" twice and has also been awarded the "Bankim Puraskar". He was given the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1985. His novels have been made into filsm and have also been serialised for the television. a profilc writer of plays, critical essays and childrens stories, his career spans more than 50 years.

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Title Pratidwandi
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 2nd ed.
Language: English
isbn 8125019022
length viii+103p., 22cm.