Author: Santosh Kumar Ghosh
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Ketaki Datta
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788126033386
Is this a biography? Some readers wanted to know when this book was being published serially. If a biography is just a collection of authentic sorrow, a few feelings, some quests, a bit of realisation - that too, can form LIFE! Let us consider a morning! How much of it is light, and how much again is moist shadow? They can't be told apart. They remain entwined with each other. Perhaps, it happens in this writing too.
Shesh Namaskar is the story of a young man, basically innocent but now gone astray. In his ruthless search for a meaning of life, there is a sadness that both ennobles and elevates the mind, Shesh Namaskar is written in the form of a series of letters from a son to his mother who had left home, never to return, when the son had accused her of being unfaithful when he was younger.
Through these letters he finds way of discovering his own self. As a last tribute of reverence, he seeks forgiveness from his mother just before his death. This outstanding novel published in 1971 won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1992.
ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR
Ketaki Datta is an Associate Professor of English at Bidhannagar College, Kolkata. She is a critic, creative writer and a translator. Her debut novel A Bird Alone won wide acclaim in India and abroad. Her doctoral thesis “Tennessee Williams: Black and Non-Black Shades of Tennessee William” has seen the light of day in 2011 (Bookworld, Kolkata). She Translated the novel Paadi by Jarasandha into English in 2008 (Booksway, Kolkata).