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The Hour Before Dawn   -   A Translation of The Assamese Novel Antoreep
The Hour Before Dawn - A Translation of The Assamese Novel Antoreep

The Hour Before Dawn - A Translation of The Assamese Novel Antoreep

by Bhabendra Nath Saikia

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English

Publisher

Penguin

ISBN

9780143063858 - Year: 2009 - Pages: 352

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Paperback

Bhabendra Nath Saikia
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Author: Bhabendra Nath Saikia
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Maitreyee S. C.
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2009
Language: English
Pages: 352
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780143063858

Description

‘She had given her husband four children, had bared her body and soul to him…why did he want to remarry? Today, what made him dress in a new silk kurta, become a bridegroom once again, and leave on elephant-back to take another woman as his wife?’

When Menoka’s dissolute husband Mohikanto takes a second wife she is devastated by the heedless manner in which he squanders her unquestioning loyalty. But after the initial anguish she finds new strength—in her womanhood when she embraces a tender but illicit relationship with a village outcast; in her role as a fiercely protective mother; and, eventually, in a compassionate humanity towards her frail and battered co-wife and needy stepchildren. The story also poignantly explores Menoka’s troubled but ultimately redemptive relationship with Indro, her first-born son, who is unwittingly exposed to a bewildering world of adult complexities and feels compelled to leave the village.

Translated from the original Assamese novel Antoreep by renowned writer and film-maker Bhabendra Nath Saikia, The Hour before Dawn is set primarily in pre-Independence India and vividly reflects the intensely verdant life of a small village in Assam. This is a haunting story of conjugal betrayal and retribution, a woman’s hidden strength in her darkest hour and the unforeseen bonds that develop between unlikely people in unexpected circumstances.

COMMENT:
“A rare glimpse of Assamese society, portrayed with deep understanding and love by a master craftsman”.--- Mamoni Raisom Goswami, acclaimed author of The Moth-eaten Howdah of the Tusker and winner of the Jnanpith Award

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