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The Way Home: Contemporary Bengali Short Fiction

Aruna Chakravarti (Editor)
Synopsis The Way Home brings together in one volume fourteen stories representing the very best of contemporary Bengali short fiction. Showcasing some of Bengal's finest writers at their creative best--Bibhuti Bhushan Bandopadhyay and Rajshekhar Basu, Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay and Ashapurna Devi--these stories deal with a myriad human themes that are at once individual and universal. From 'The Brahmin', Tarashankar Bandopadhyay's treatise on greed, glutony and tragic human experience, to "The Fugitive and the Stalkers', Sunil Gangopadhyay's trenchant tale of violence and retribution set in the days of the Naxal Movement in Bengal; from Samaresh Basu's harrowing look at poverty and its degrading effect in "The Crossing' to Narendranath Mitra's lyrical take on the impact of triple talaq on Muslim women in 'Sap', the collection evokes different lifestyles while reflecting problems and issues with which we can all identify. Sensitively translated, the stories in The Way Home effortlessly convey the lyricism and imagery of the originals while providing a riveting insight into the works of acknowledged masters of the genre.
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About the author

Aruna Chakravarti

Aruna Chakravarti is a well-known academic, writer and translator. Prominent among her many publications are her translations of Saratchandra Chatterjee’s Srikanta and Sunil Gangopadhyay’s Sei Samai (Those Days) and its sequel Pratham Also (First Light), published by Penguin Books India in 1993, 1997 and 2001 respectively. She is the recipient of several awards, among them the Vaitalik Award (1986), the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award (1996) and the Sarat Puraskar (2004). Her first novel, The Inheritors, was published by Penguin Books India to critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2004.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Way Home: Contemporary Bengali Short Fiction
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0144001063
length xvi+282p., 20cm.