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Sultana’s Dream and Padmarag
Sultana’s Dream and Padmarag

Sultana’s Dream and Padmarag

by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain

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Language

English

Publisher

Penguin

ISBN

0144000032 - Year: 2005 - Pages: 197

Binding

Paperback

Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain
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Author: Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain
Barnita Bagchi/
Translator(s): Barnita Bagchi
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 197
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0144000032

Description

Sultana’s Dream and Padmarag are boldly provocative works, particularly in the context of the era that spawned them.

Written in English in 1905, Sultana’s Dream is a delightful satirical work set in Ladyland, where men are in purdah and women firmly in charge of home and government.

Published in 1924 and translated here for the first time, Padmarag complements Sultana’s Dream in its espousal of women’s personal journeys towards emancipation. Resonant with autobiographical undertones, the novella is both a powerful indictment of male oppression and a celebration of Rokeya’s faith in a universalist society where women, regardless of race, class, creed and religion, reject the diktat of a tyrannical patriarchal society in favour of a life devoted to improving their lot.

Playful, fascinating and intelligent, these novellas offer a keen insight into the psyche of a largely self-taught social activist who has, more than seventy years after her death, come to acquire near-iconic status in South Asia.

REVIEW

The spirit, conscience, and intelligence of Bengali Muslim society has expressed itself in a female icon.
-Kazi Abdul Wadud

Contents

INTRODUCTION

SULTANA’S DREAM

PADMARAG

PREFACE

ONE
Journey into the Unknown

TWO
Homeless

THREE
Dina-Tarini, or The Saviour of the Distressed

FOUR
Tarini Bhavan

FIVE
Padmarag, or The Ruby

SIX
All Alone

SEVEN
The Patient

EIGHT
Saratkumar

NINE
Benevolence

TEN
Domestic Life

ELEVEN
A Deep Heart

TWELVE
Saudamini’s Fire

THIRTEEN
Another Meeting

FOURTEEN
The Beauty of Fire

FIFTEEN
A Poem Herself

SIXTEEN
Valiant Young Woman

SEVENTEEN
The Jubilee and The Prize Distribution

EIGHTEEN
Mirage

NINETEEN
Holding Court in School

TWENTY
The Secret of the Pendant

TWENTY-ONE
What Society Gave Back

TWENTY-TWO
Goddess of Stone

TWENTY-THREE
Repaying the Debt

TWENTY-FOUR
The Subarnarekha River

TWENTY-FIVE
Lover of the World

TWENTY-SIX
An Attempt at a Truce

TWENTY-SEVEN
Farewell

TWENTY-EIGHT
Fellow Travellers

GLOSSARY

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

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