The Arabian Nights of Kolkata & Other Stories

The Arabian Nights of Kolkata & Other Stories

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Author: Eminent Contributors
Translator(s): Sudipto Ray Choudhury
Publisher: Writers Workshop
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 432
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8175958316

Description

It is commonly said, and this is a widely held, though not uncontested view, that it is in the realm of the short story that modern Bengali prose fiction has had its richest flowering. This volume is an anthology of translations from Bengali short stories.

In this present context of an anthology of translations from Bengali short stories, this makes the selection of a finite number of stories an exceedingly difficult task. Not only will every discerning critic or reader have her or his personal list of bet stories, but there are the other issues of different periods and movements which must be kept in mind. In addition, there is the perennial issue of leading writers who must be included by virtue of their reputation. As is apparent, the number of such indispensable authors is even larger for the short story than for the novel.

It is commonly said, and this is a widely held, though not uncontested view, that it is in the realm of the short story that modern Bengali prose fiction has had its richest flowering. As proof of this, many critics cite the sociological realism, and socio-cultural and stylistic diversity and depth to be found within this genre. Here, it is said, is a tree with innumerable branches, from any of which one may derive pleasure, edification, and insight into the human condition.

Indeed, there have been numerous writers and movements, some of which are considered later, concerned with developing some, or all, of these very features. As such, the common critical refrain about the world of the Bengali short story, both within the commercial mainstream media as well as the less-organized, and occasionally more experimental, circle of little magazines, harps on the embarrassment of riches to be found, and mined, here.

Contents

Introduction

The Arabian Nights of Calcutta
PREMENDRA MITRA

The Night of the Beginning
ASHIM ROY

The Big City
PREMENDRA MITRA

The Boromlag’s Field
TARASHONKOR BANDYOPADHYAY

Embers
PRABODH KUMAR SANYAL

The Crossing
SAMARESH BASU

Discovery
RAMESHCHANDRA SEN

The Litter
NARENDRANATH MITRA

The Gentleman
RANJAN

Flight and Pursuit
ANNADASHANKAR RAY

Jabali
RAJSEKHAR BOSE (PARASHURAM)

The Final Picture
BONOPHOOL

Mirabai
SANDIPAN CHATTOPADHYAY

Mother
BIMAL KAR

The Nightbird
SUNIL GANGOPADHYAY

The Public Servant
HASSAN AZIZUL HAQ

Sagina Mahato
GOURKISHORE GHOSH

Salt Water
SAYED MUJTABA ALI

Vision
PREMENDRA MITRA

The Solution
MANIK BANDYOPADHYAY

Swayambar Sabha
DIPENDRANATH BANDYOPADHYAY

Taj Mahal
BONOPHOOL

Transmigration
SHORODINDU BANDYOPADHYAY