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Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay: Stories

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay: Stories

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Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay Stories are a collection of tales that convey the homely and quintessentially Bengali style of the author’s writing. Although his works are too varied and voluminous to describe exactly what he writes about, the short stories in this volume have a semblance of a theme running through them—that of ‘persistence’ and ‘recalcitrance’. From Krishnalal, the salesman who loses his job but succeeds in returning after a period of strife, to the old Muslim woman who calls on the man she considers her son, despite his reluctance and continued irritation, and to Lalit Babu, the would-be author who returns, time and time again, to the house of the girl he exploits. The brilliance of Bibhutibhushan’s stories lies in his preoccupation with a whole universe of human beings discovering their destinies amidst their complicated circumstances, as well as for the feeling of intimacy he invokes among his readers, making even ordinary life seem extraordinary.

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