Saratchandra Omnibus Volume - 1
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Saratchandra Omnibus Volume - 1 (English, Hardcover, Saratchandra Chattopadhyay,)


Saratchandra Omnibus Volume - 1  (English, Hardcover, Saratchandra Chattopadhyay,)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Hardcover
    • Publisher: Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd
    • Genre: Literary Collections
    • ISBN: 9780144000142, 0144000148
    • Edition: 1st Edition, 2005
    • Pages: 752
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    Saratchandra Chattopadhyay is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest Indian novelists of the twentieth century. His novels, serialized in periodicals and subsequently published in book form, earned Saratchandra immense fame in the early decades of the century, and established him as Bengal's master storyteller. Even today, seven decades after his death, Saratchandra remains one of the most popular novelists in Bengal, and is widely read in translation across India as well. This collector's edition of Saratchandra's works in English translation brings together the writer's most renowned and best-loved novels in two omnibus volumes. The first volume features five novels: Srikanta, Devdas, Parineeta, Palli Samaj and Nishkriti. Srikanta is the story of a wanderer who observes the people around him; through them— especially the women he loves and respects, from the sacrificing Annada Didi and the rebellious Abhaya to the housewife Rajlakshmi and the courtesan Pyari Bai— he tries to arrive at an understanding of life. Devdas, on the other hand, is the tragic tale of a man who drives himself to drink and debilitation when he is unable to marry his childhood sweetheart Paro. In Parineeta (Espoused), the orphaned Lalita is secretly in love with her guardian Shekhar, but circumstances conspire to drive the two apart. Palli Samaj (The Village Life) has Ramesh, an engineer, returning to the village of his birth to try and rid it of the backwardness that plagues it, even as he tries to revive his childhood ties with Rama, now a widow. In Nishkriti (Deliverance), the strong-willed Shailaja, the youngest daughter-in-law in a joint family, is made an outcast as a result of a misunderstanding; much later, her elders realize their mistake, just in time to save the family from disintegration. Each of the novels showcases the qualities Saratchandra is famous for: everyday stories told in a simple yet gripping style, strong characters, meticulous plotting, true-to-life dialogue, and unforgettable depictions of life in turn-of-the-century Bengal. Translated especially for Penguin, these classic novels will delight those new to Saratchandra's works as well as those who want to return to them again.

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    • Penguin Books India
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    • 2005
    • 222 mm
    • 138 mm
    • 700 g
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    Warning-Recklessly Abridged

    First of all, this review is for this omnibus, not the stories. The translations are quite atrocious and do scant justice to the beauty of Saratchandra, one of India's finest authors. There is little coherence and at places, one loses the story. Quite evidently, some parts of the stories have been cut off and replaced by one or two-line 'bridges'.

    However thankfully, the essence has been somewhat preserve and one can still admire these beautiful and legendary stories. As for the stories them...

    Bratish Poddar

    Certified Buyer, Lucknow

    Dec, 2014

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    Peek into rural bengal landscape

    It is good book for someone who is not bengali but curious about bengali literature.
    Narratives are fluid and transport you the time and place rendered. One can appreciate it better if one considers the time when original work was written.

    Devdas Parineeta are popular movies. Also Nishkriti is made into movie Apne Paraye starring Shabana Azmi amol Palekar. While I was reading Pali Samaj I could relate it to some popular movies like Swadesh though it is not exactly made into a movie as the ea...

    Shruti Barve

    Certified Buyer, Mumbai

    Jun, 2013

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