Author: Mahasweta Devi
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
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This book depicts the life story of this great novelist, who is like a historiographer, narrating the saga of the rise, fall, continuation and resurrection of a people.
Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay along with Bibhutibhushan and Manik are considered three milestones in the history of the post-Tagore Bengali novel with the singular exception of Sarat Chandra. But it is not possible to make an assessment of Tarasankar comparing him to the other two writers. The three are pointedly different from each other.
What is Tarasnakar's achievement as a novelist? He is not an analyst of the inner sickness eating the heart of the social structure as Manik Bandyopadhyay is. He has no point of similarity with Bibhutibhushan either. The art of Bibhutibhushan has neither precedence nor following in Bengali literature.
But why was Tarasankar so readily accepted by the readers. The answer lies primarily in his selection of subjects. His asset was the knowledge of his subject at first hand. This was the secret of his success and Mahasveta Devi, herself an eminent novelist, has taken great pains in depicting the life story of this great novelist