Author: Taslima Nasreen
Translator(s): Rani Ray
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8188575550
On the eve of Partition, Kalyani is compelled to leave Mymensingha and come away to Kolkata, where she never settles down or feels at home.
Her journey back to Bangladesh reveals to her that her homeland had existed merely in her imagination and that she must share the fate of millions of others who have left one country for another, and do not belong to either.
Kalyani’s story is a paradigm of loss and displacement, of the failure to connect, which is the experience of migration.
It is possible for young women to reach within themselves and nurture their own spiritual life inspite of the physical and emotional pain that men-and tradition bound societies-can inflict upon them.
-Nora Boustany, The Washington Post
Taslima foregrounds hitherto repressed knowledges about female desire.
-Saiyeda Khatun, Genders
Dr Nasrin’s voice is the voice of humanism every where.
-Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate in Literature
A difficult woman and an advocate (horror of horrors) of free love.