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Author: Dipak Kumar Barkakati
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Gayatri Bhattacharyya
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788126026630
This historical novel has a wide canvas and covers a long period extending from the Noakhali Massacre to the Nellie Massacre of Assam. The novel offers an excellent account of zamindari system as existed in pre-independence Bengal , the Swadeshi movement , communal clashes , Independence , migration of people due to partition and immigration of refugees after the Bangladesh war to the virgin fertile valleys of Assam.
The Assam Movement of the eighties of the last century and the culmination of the consequences of such settlements are also beautifully in novel . The plight of the refugees and the human factors associated in the complexities of rehabilitation are depicted in the novel through Kalikishore, the protagonist who moved from one valley to another along with many others in search of settlement and peace. The novel was published in 2002 in Assamese.
ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR:
Geriatric Bhattacharyya has translated widely from Assamese to English including The Heart of the Brahmaputra and Other stories, The Last Rites and Other Stories and a number of works of Indira Goswami. She retired from the University of Gauhati in 2001.