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Farewell My Friend

Rabindranath Tagore (Author) Krishna Kripalani (Translator)

The Original Bengali novel Shesher Kavita (lit. Last Poem) was published in 1929. The author draws an amusing picture of an ultra-modern Bengali intellectual whose Oxford education, while giving him a superiority complex, has induced in him a craze for conscious originality which results in a deliberate and frivolous contrariness to all accepted opinion and convention. His aggressive self-complacence, however, receives a shock when as the result of an accidental meeting he falls in love with, and wine in return the heart of, a quite different product of modern culture - a highly educated girl of fine sensibility and deep feelings. This love being more or less genuine and different from his previous experience of conquetry, releases his own submerged depth of sincerity, which he finds hard to adjust to the habits of sophistry and pose, practised so lomg.

In the process he manages to strike a new romantic attitude. The struggle make of him a curiously pathetic figure - one who is being worked against his grain. The tragedy is understood by the girl, who releases him from his troth and disappears from his life.The last poem which she addresses to her lovr gives evidence of the depth of feeling of which she was capable.

Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali polymath. As a poet, novelist, musician, and playwright, he reshaped Bengali literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As author of Gitanjali and its "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse" , being the first non-European to win the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature, Tagore was perhaps the most important literary figure of Bengali literature.

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Bibliographic information

Title Farewell My Friend
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2013
Edition 3rd ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788184951646
length 182p., 20cm.