During his lifetime, Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhaya wrote 16 novels and over 200 short stories, many of which have been translated into several other languages, including English, Malyalam, Telegu and Sinhalese. Many of his works have also been adapted into films, the most famous being Pather Panchali, Aparajito, Apur Sansar and Chander Pahar. The brilliance of Bibhutibhushan’s stories lies in his preoccupation with a whole universe of human beings discovering their destinies amidst their complicated circumstances; as well as for the feeling of intimacy he invokes among his readers, making even ordinary life seem extraordinary. For this reason, Bibhutibhushan has remained one of the most beloved and well-known writers of our times. The stories in this collection, introduced by the author’s grandson, Tathagata Banerjee, are some of the finest examples of his storytelling.
About the Author
Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay (1894–1950), one of the prominent fiction writers in Bengali literature, is best known for his novel Pather Panchali (Songs of the Little Road), and its sequel, Aparajito (The Unvanquished). After completing his undergraduate degree from Ripon College, Kolkata, the author worked as a publicist, a secretary, and a teacher, before penning Pather Panchali in 1928, for which he gained critical acclaim. The novel was adapted into an award-winning film in 1955 by the famous director, Satyajit Ray. He was posthumously awarded the Rabindra Puraskar, West Bengal’s most prestigious literary award, in 1951.
About the Translator
Rani Ray has taught English at the University of Delhi, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, and Institute of English Studies at Lodz (Poland). She has translated many short stories and novels from Bengali to English. She is currently an editor with Tulika Books, Delhi.
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