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Srikanta
Srikanta

Srikanta

by Saratchandra Chattopadhyaya

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Language

English

Publisher

Penguin

ISBN

0140235759 - Year: 1993 - Pages: 488

Binding

Paperback

Saratchandra Chattopadhyaya
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Author: Saratchandra Chattopadhyaya
: Aruna Chakravaarti
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 1993
Language: English
Pages: 488
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0140235759

Description

Translated for the first time into English, Saratchandra's Srikanta was first published over seventy years ago and could perhaps be called the first modern Indian novel.

Srikanta, the narrator, is an aimless drifter, a passive spectator who cannot survive without the support of an individual stronger than himself. As a child, he idealizes the chaste Annada Didi - the epitome of selfless devotion to a worthless husband .. As a young man he travels to Burma looking for new experiences and meets the rebellious Abhaya - who rejects her violent, bigamous husband to live openly with her lover - and learns to question the hypocritical social norms that bind a woman down but let a man off. He experiments with becoming a sanyasi, is bewitched for a while by the Vaishnavi, Kamal Lata, and wanders on till his direction less existence finally finds a focus - when he resigns himself to life with the notorious but stunning Pyari Baiji, breaking free of the social values he grew up swath.

Through his dynamic and arresting character, Saratchandra brings alive nineteenth-century Bengal, a prejudice-ridden society that needed to be radically changed. Srikanta set the precedent for socially conscious writing in modern Indian literature.

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