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Devdas: A Novel

 
Saratchandra Chattopadhyay (Author)
Synopsis First published in Bengali in 1917, Saratchandra Chattopadhyay’s tragic tale of Devdas has enthralled readers and filmgoing audiences alike for the better part of a century. It is the story of Devdas and Paro, childhood sweethearts who are torn apart when Devdas is sent away to Calcutta by his father, the local zamindar. When Devdas returns to his village, now a handsome lad of nineteen, Paro asks him to marry her. But Devdas is unable to stand up to parental opposition to the match and rejects the proposition. Stunned, Paro agrees to marry an elderly widower. Devdas returns to Calcutta, but every waking hour of his is now filled with thoughts of Paro and his unfulfilled lover for her. He runs to Paro days before her marriage and asks her to elope with him, but she refuses. Heartbroken, he seeks to solace in alcohol and in the company of the courtesan Chandramukhi. Chandramukhi falls in love with Devdas, but even when he is with her he can only think of Paro. It is now his destiny to hurtle on relentlessly on the path to self-destruction. This new translation brings the classic tale of star-crossed lovers alive for a new generation of readers.
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About the author

Saratchandra Chattopadhyay

Saratchandra Chattopadhyay was born on 15 September 1876 in Devanandapur, a village of West Bengal. He grew up in dire poverty and received very little formal education. After spending some of his youth in Bhagalpur and Muzaffarpur, Saratchandra left for Burma in 1903, and it was from Burma that he began to send his stories and novels to magazines in Kolkata. Sensitive and daring, Saratchandra’s writings captivated the hearts and minds of readers, and he soon became Bengal’s most popular novelist. Saratchandra returned to Kolkata in 1916, and dedicated himself to writing. He was India’s first successful professional writer – a person who earned his entire livelihood only from writing. He died in 1938. Saratchandra remains one of the best-loved Indian novelists of all time; his works have been translated into various languages and made into films as well. Among his best-known novels are Srikanta, Devdas, Palli Samaj, Parineeta, Charitraheen, Grihadaha and Pather Dabi.

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Bibliographic information

Title Devdas: A Novel
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0143029266
length xvi+128p., 18cm.