Author: Subodhchandra Sengupta
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
This book, now rare and hard to find, was first published in 1975, to mark the Centenary of the great novelist and gives a true as well as critically reliable picture about Saratchandra as man and artist.
Saratchandra Chatterjee was in the direct line of literary succession to Bankimchandra Chatterjee and Rabindranath Tagore. But he did not have the benefit of education or of wealth. Right up to his middle age he has to carry on an uphill fight against dire poverty and the neglect and injustice that normally accompany it. He had seen life in the raw, and his novels and short stories are born out of what he had seen and experienced in his own life.
When Saratchandra' Baradidi was being serialized anonymously in Bharat in 1907, people suspected Rabindranath Tagore to be the author. This is how Saratchandra entered the field of Bengali literature. He himself once said, 'In Bengal, I am the only fortunate writer who had not to struggle.' He indeed became popular almost from the day of his advent as a writer and that popularity continues unabated among Bengali readers even today.
Unfortunately very little is known about the life of this great novelist, and not many critical appreciations of his works have yet come out. This book attempts to give a true as well as critically reliable picture about Saratchandra as man and artist.
Rabindranath and Saratchandra
Bhagalpur - Rangoon - Calcutta
Stories - Short and Long
Problems of Life and Love
A Select Bibliography