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The Theatre Of Conscience
The Theatre Of Conscience

The Theatre Of Conscience

by Manoj Mitra

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Language

English

Publisher

Seagull Books

ISBN

8170463238 - Year: 2007 - Pages: 290

Binding

Paperback

Manoj Mitra
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Author: Manoj Mitra
Translator(s)/ Edito: Mousumi Roy Chowdhury
Publisher: Seagull Books
Year: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 290
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170463238

Description

The Theatre of Conscience

The Palace of Shadows (Chhayar Prashad; set in the decadence of the Mauryan Empire during the times of Bindusar and the scripture-toting Brahmans) and The Tale of Hekim-shaheb (Galpo Hekimshaheb; set in nineteenth-century Bengal against the backdrop of the Permanent Settlement Act and the revenue-extracting British and exploitative zamindars, talukdars and chepattanidars), cast in the genre of the historical play, are addressed from within the crisis of our times--the rise of religious fundamentalism, corruption and misrule.

Honey From a Broken Hive (Chak Bhanga Modhu; written during the crisis-ridden period of the Naxal Movement in Bengal) addresses a crisis of another kind-of representation. Chance news of a man dying of snakebite at the Ojha's house in a village in the Sunderbans triggered off the writing of this play in which Manoj Mitra shows violence within a community of extreme poverty as erupting from forces that cannot be contained within an ideology or a rationalized will to act. This volume also contains a detailed introduction by the translator and an indepth interview with the playwright.

Contents

Introduction


The Tale of Hekim-shaheb

Honey from a Broken Hive

The Shadow Palace


Appendix:
"That Tiny Cube of Space"
An Interview with the Playwright

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