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Konkaboti: The Extraordinary Journey of a Village Girl

Price : $16.75
ISBN # : 9788125060529
Author : Troilokyonath Mukhopadhyay & Arnab Bhattacharya (Trans.)
pages: 250
Edition : Paperback
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Orient Blackswan
Published : 2015

Konkaboti, Troilokyonath┬┤s first novel (1892), begins with the childhood years of the eponymous heroine and Khetu, a boy from her village, who goes to Kolkata to study. In time, their mothers want them to marry, but Konkaboti┬┤s avaricious father plans her wedding with an aged zamindar. The prospect appals her and she falls seriously ill. Konka and Khetu undergo amazing experiences, including encounters with ghosts, a trip to the moon and back, and the death of both protagonists. But matters are resolved through a major twist in the tail of the narrative. The effortlessly inventive goings-on compel readers to suspend their disbelief.

Author Bio: Troilokyonath Mukhopadhyay (1847 1919) was one of the foremost writers of fiction in nineteenth-century Bengal. He was the prime mover of magic realism in Bengal according to some present-day writers.

Translated by Arnab Bhattacharya, faculty at Department of Translation Studies, Rabindra Bharati University, West Bengal.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Wednesday 28 October, 2015.

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