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Rabindranath Tagore: Relationships Jogajog

Sukanta Chaudhuri (Translator) Sankha Ghosh (Translator) Supriya Chaudhuri (Translator)
Synopsis Relationships (Jogajog) was serialized nearly eighty years ago, and is set in the nineteenth century; but its analysis of human relations and personalities is still relevant. The novel presents a critical evaluation of the Bengali bourgeoisie, an undertaking in which Tagore's own emotional and ideological investments are critically involved. Tagore intended Relationships to be a family history of two families over three generations, though the design was never completed. The Ghoshals and the Chatterjees are locked in a bitter feud over trivial issues of pride and a deeper incompatibility of values. Madhusudan Ghoshal, whose family has lost its former social standing, becomes a wealthy man through his own efforts, buys up the Chatterjees' debts, and sends a proposal for the hand of Kumudini, the last unmarried daughter of the Chatterjee family. The marriage tie, and Kumudini herself, become instruments used by Madhusudan to impress and insult the Chatterjees. The plot contrasts the social fortunes of a decaying aristocracy with those of a rising bourgeoisie, while focusing on the sexual and moral frustrations of domesticity.
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About the authors

Sukanta Chaudhuri

Sukanta Chaudhuri Professor of English at Jadavpur University, Calcutta

Supriya Chaudhuri

Supriya Chaudhuri is Professor and Co-ordinator of the Centre of Advanced Study in the Department of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.

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Bibliographic information

Title Rabindranath Tagore: Relationships Jogajog
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195676548
length x+276p., Illustrations; 23cm.