Mapmaking: Partition Stories from 2 Bengals

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This volume brings together Bangla stories from Bangladesh and West Bengal in a unique attempt to see how Partition has shaped the narratives of the two regions that share a common language, culture and heritage. Many of these stories have been translated for the fist time into English and carry the evocation, ironic tone that is a special flavor of partition stories from the East. Differing in many ways from the stories in Urdu and Hindi, these haunting narratives question the finality and resolution of the Partition, the insufficiency of memories and the instability of borders. As they unfold a tragic tale of a loss of a world, we one again come to see how every time narratives of the Partition are re-told, they point towards our changing values, our present and our future.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Debjani Sengupta

Debjani Sengupta teaches in the Department of English at Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. Her publications include an anthology of Partition short fiction titled Mapmaking: Partition Stories from Two Bengals (2003, 2011) that she edited, and articles on Bangla science fiction, Bangla theatre and the Bengal Partition in anthologies and journals. She has contributed translations from Bangla to The Essential Tagore and The Oxford Anthology of Bengali Literature.


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Mapmaking: Partition Stories from 2 Bengals
1st ed.