Falling Apart

Falling Apart

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Author: Suchitra Bhattacharya
Publisher: Srishti
Year: 1999
Language: English
Pages: 260
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187075058


This novel - English translation of original Bengali Bhangan Kaal - is not only an incisive critique of the Bengali middle class, but also a compelling picture of our times.

Chandan Ray Chowdhury, a high ranking government officer and a respectable family man is hauled to the police station on the night of thirty-first December, along with prostitutes and ordinary criminals for what appears to be a trivial offence related to wine and women.

We find that Chandan is no better than those caught on the wrong side of the law in his greed, prevarication's and deceptions. Chandan's case is but one instance of a larger phenomena: the crumbling of values among the urban middle class.The urban middle class in Calcutta and elsewhere is caught up in dreams and desires that make nothing impossible to achieve and no principle too high for compromise. These symptoms exist worldwide since all live in a technologically oriented, multi-nationally moulded global system.