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A Strange Attachment and Other Stories

Phyllis Granoff (Author) Bibhutibhusan Bandyopadhaya (Author)
Synopsis This volume for the first time makes available to the English reading public a selection of Bibhutibhushan’s varied stories. The stories are simply told and most often center around the villages of Bengal that Bibhutibhuhan knew from Childhood. Their main concern is always with the small details and small passions of life; often the larger upheavals of society, the World Wars, the struggle for Independence in India, find but scant mention in Bibhutibhushan’s fictional world. Bibhutibhushan’s stories nonetheless in their fine attention to detail and their remarkable ability to capture subtle-emotions offer the reader an intimate account of life in India during this crucial period of change and development. Like many of his contemporaries Bibhutibhushan wrote of a world that was rapidly disintegrating; with delicacy and empathy his stories reveal to us a traditional society in flux, old values giving way to new attitudes, often at a high human cost.This volume brings together a variety of short stories by one of India’s most beloved writers. In their richness, their versatility, and their sensitivity they deserve to be numbered among the favourites of all readers of short stories, not just those in India who have enjoyed them now for decades.
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About the authors

Phyllis Granoff

Dr. Koichi Shinohara and Dr. Phyllis Granoff teach in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. With support from the social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada they have been conducting research on religious biographies in India and China.

Bibhutibhusan Bandyopadhaya

Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhaya was born in 1894 and attended a local village school. In 1914 he was admitted to Ripon College, Calcutta, from where he graduated in 1918. He took up teaching as his profession and continued as a teacher for the greater part of his life. He died in 1914. His first publication was a short story which appeared in a Calcutta journal in 1922. From then on he wrote regularly. He is credited altogether with fifty published works, seventeen of which are novels and twenty collections of short stories. His greatest work, however, and that which brought him fame, is Pather Panchali. Aparajito is the sequel to that famous novel.

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Bibliographic information

Title A Strange Attachment and Other Stories
Format Softcover
Date published: 07.07.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rupa & Co.
Language: English
isbn 8129106655
length 277p.