Three Novellas: Nashtanir, Dui Bon, Malancha

Hardcover | November 1, 2010

byRabindranath Tagore, Bharati RayTranslated bySukhendu Ray

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This volume includes three novellas by Rabindranath Tagore, who remains the greatest influence on Bengali language and literature today. The first novel, Nashtanir ('Broken Home'), was published in 1903; after a gap of three decades, Dui Bon ('Two Sisters') and Malancha ('The Garden and theGardener') were published in 1933 and 1934 respectively.In these three works, Tagore depicts the plight of Charulata, Urmimala, and Sarala by placing them in a new world where they are perceived as rational and desiring subjects constrained by domestic norms. Forbidden relationships mark the central narrative of Nashtanir, Dui Bon, and Malancha. WhileNashtanir portrays love between an elder sister-in-law and a younger brother-in-law, Dui Bon deals with the relationship between an elder brother-in-law (sister's husband) and sister-in-law (wife's sister). In Malancha, we have an affair between a married man and a distant cousin who comes to lookafter his wife and the garden that he and his wife had tended. In all three works, however, ultimately the bond of marriage wins and remains, at least technically, unbroken. But an incessant desire to express their voice outside the four walls, a sense of mental void due to marital obligation, andan illegitimate longing for an extra-marital love bind our protagonists (Charulata, Urmimala, and Sarala) in a common thread and form a unique sisterhood. There is also the understated theme of the emergence of the 'new woman'-a woman with personality and thoughts of her own.Translated by Sukhendu Ray, this collection also includes an insightful Introduction by eminent historian and cultural critic, Bharati Ray.

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This volume includes three novellas by Rabindranath Tagore, who remains the greatest influence on Bengali language and literature today. The first novel, Nashtanir ('Broken Home'), was published in 1903; after a gap of three decades, Dui Bon ('Two Sisters') and Malancha ('The Garden and theGardener') were published in 1933 and 1934 res...

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), acclaimed poet, playwright, short story writer, and novelist, wrote successfully in almost all literary genres including musical drama, dance drama, essay, travel diary, and autobiography. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. His composition, Jana Gana Mana, is recognized as the National Anthe...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.98 inPublished:November 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198068883

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IntroductionTranslator's NoteBroken HomeTwo SistersThe Garden and the Gardener