Author: Arun Mitra
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172015917
This Sahitya Akademi Award Winning anthology includes fifty-five poems - a fairly sizable and representative selection made by the poet himself and translated into English from original Bengali.
The predominant feature in Arun Mitra's poetry is his decisive reversal from the prevalent feeling and form. His poems read like soliloquies and in reading them, one identifies a voice no other than his own. This is achieved in two ways: The Climate of ideas in his poems identifies itself with the contemporary social milieu. Thus his readers find their agony and aspiration expressed in his poems.
The other thing that makes his poems unique is his diction. It seems as if his words can laugh and cry. 'Arun Mitra does not excavate words from the grave of books. The mouthy man is his dictionary'.
TRANSLATOR: Dr Surabhi Banerjee was educated at Universities of Calcutta and Leeds, and currently a Professor of English at the University of Calcutta.