Mapmaking - Partition Stories from 2 Bengals

Mapmaking - Partition Stories from 2 Bengals

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Author: Debjani Sengupta
Editor: Debjani Sengupta
Publisher: Srishti
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 200
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8188575003


This volume brings together Bangla stories from Bangladesh and West Bengal in a unique attempt to see how Partition has shaped the narratives of the two regions that share a common language, culture and heritage.

Many of these stories have been translated for the fist time into English and carry the evocation, ironic tone that is a special flavor of partition stories from the East.

Differing in many ways from the stories in Urdu and Hindi, these haunting narratives question the finality and resolution of the Partition, the insufficiency of memories and the instability of borders. As they unfold a tragic tale of a loss of a world, we one again come to see how every time narratives of the Partition are re-told, they point towards our changing values, our present and our future.


Foreword by Ashis Nandy

Stories from INDIA

Ritwik Ghatak: The Road

Manik Bandopadhyay: The Final Solution

Pratibha Basu: Flotsam and Jetsam

Dibyendu Palit: Alam’s Own House

Ateen Bandopadhyay: The Infidel

Stories from BANGLADESH

Syed Waliullah: The Story of a Tulsi tree

Hasan Hafizur Rehman; Two More Deaths

Akhtraruzzaman elis: Another Room, Another Voice

Selina Hossein: An Evening of Prayer

Imdadul Haq Milan: The Ballad of Sonadas Baul

Afterword by Debjani Sengupta