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image003 (1)Author – Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay

Translator – Rimli Bhattacharya

Rating – 5/5 stars

Number of Pages – 370

Publisher – Rupa Publications

It is a privilege to read a book so well written and acquaint with the time we have left behind. A time more than one-fifty years before. I do not know many Bengali writers and thankful to Rupa publications and Rimli Bhattacharya for bringing this translation of Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay to us. This is my first book by the author and I absolutely loved it. This is a great read. One you will love to fall in love with. This book is a gem.

This is a story of a small town near the banks of river Ichhamati in Bengal. This small town remained secluded and unaffected by the struggle of rest of India and carried on with its lives and people. The story tells the lives of the period and struggle and oppression of the farmers on Indigo plantation.

The book has many stories. All the stories are well sorted and do not create confusion. The story runs at an easy pace. There are many, not one lovable character. I like the way the author explored every character and give space.

The translation is simply brilliant. I have read translated versions of the books before and this one stands out and one of the best. Rimli has done a great job without killing the soul that is the Bengali connection of the story. The style remained the same.

If you are someone like to read a good book and not in a hurry to complete a goal of a certain number of books in a limited period, then take my words, and pick this book. You will not regret. Read it on a comforting pace, do not haste. This book will be best when read at a comfortable pace.

Have a happy reading!

Bio

Rimli Bhattacharya trained in Comparative Literature and works on literature, performance history, and the arts. Her translations from Bengali to English include the autobiographies of Binodini Dasi My Story & My Life as an Actress (1998), Rabindranath Tagore’s Four Chapters (Char Addhyay) and two other novels of Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay.

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay was born in Ghoshpara-Muratipur village in Bengal on 12 September 1894. His ancestral home was in Barakpur (formerly in Jessore District) on the banks of the river Ichhamati. He moved to Calcutta for higher studies.

Bibhutibhushan spent his time writing and traveling intensively, particularly in the forests of Bihar, participating in literary meets and conferences, until his sudden death in Ghatshila on 1 November 1950. Besides numerous unpublished manuscripts, his oeuvre comprises seventeen novels, seven diaries-travelogue, and over two hundred short stories. He was posthumously awarded the Rabindra Puruskar in 1951 for Ichhamati, his last novel.

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