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East-West Part Two: Purbo-Paschim

East-West Part Two: Purbo-Paschim

  • Author: Sunil Gangopadhyay, Enakshi Chatterjee
  • Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
  • ISBN: 812601895X
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East-West (Part-Two): Outside a plush hotel in New York, an Indian youth is seen waiting for an appointment, He is desperately in need of a job. He is Atin, the young  boy of part one who gets mixed up in politics, and is obliged to leave the country, much against his will. He is still a revolutionary at heart, he hates his exile in America.

The large canvas of this novel covers three continents, but more particularly the dramatic events following the partition of India, the political unrest in West Bengal, the plight of the refugees and the birth of a new nation, Bangladesh. The social and political reality instead of remaining a backdrop takes on centre stage where simultaneously individual lives unfold, each with it's own account of love, hate, passion and betrayal.The author takes a dispassionate look at the Naxal revolutionaries, exposing their vulnerability, the colossal tragedy of so many promising lives coming to a pointless end. On the other side, in the other Bengal, events move to an inexorable climax, while the fictional characters flit across the stage, the shadow of actual historical figures loom large - Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan, General Niazi and the day by day account of how the mighty Pakistan Army, one of the best in the world was doomed to a most humiliating defeat.

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Bengali / Enakshi Chatterjee / fiction / indian / partition / Sunil Gangopadhyay / translation /