Author: Sarat Chandra Chattaopadhyay
Translator(s): Malobika Chaudhuri
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143033565
Set in early twentieth century Kolkata, Prineeta (Espoused) is the unforgettable story of a child - woman's intense and bittersweet romance.
Lalita, an orphaned girl who lives with her uncle, considers herself betrothed to Shekhar, her benefactor and guardian. After several failed attempts, Lalita finally gets the egotistical Shekhar to admit that he reciprocates her feelings.
However, tensions erupt between Shekhar's prosperous father and Lalita's poor but principled uncle, and the situation is further complicated by the arrival on the scene of Girin, a mild-mannered and eligible bachelor, who is attracted to Lalita.
The lovers' world is turned upside down, and Shekhar and Lalita find themselves estranged. Years later, they meet again, and the story takes another unexpected turn...
Parineeta is a classic that has captured the imgination of generation of readers. This new translation, published to coincide with Vidhu Vinod Chopra's film, will delight Saratchandra's fans, as well as those who are not familiar with the writer's work.
MALOBIKA CHAUDHURI runs Mono Translation Bureau, a multi-lingual translation agency, in Kolkata. Her translations of several of Saratchandra's novels are forthcoming.
SWAGATO GANGULY has a PhD in Comprative Literature and Literary Theory from University of Pennsylvania.