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Author: Rabindranath Tagore
ISBN/UPC (if available): 014028821x
Rabindranath Tagore's powerful novel, set on a Bengali Zamidar' estate in 1908, is both a love story and a novel of political awakening.
In the midst of the swadeshi movement which engulfs the mind and imagination of Bengal in the beginning of the century, the central character, Bimala, is torn between the duties owed to her husband, Nikhil, and the demands made on her by the radical leader, Sandip. As she takes the first step outside the threshold of the women' chamber, her attempts to resolve the irreconcilable pressures of the home and the world reflects the conflicts in the country and the tragic outcome foreshadows the unrest that accompanied Partition in 1947.
There is nothing static, earthbound or lifeless about it---It has the complexity and tragic dimensions Tagore' own times and ours.