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Tagore for the 21st Century Reader

Price : $20.75
ISBN # : 9789382277279
Author : Rabindranath Tagore & Arunava Sinha (Translator)
pages: 486
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Aleph Publications
Published : 2014

Rabindranath Tagore is the second most popular literature laureate of all time (after John Steinbeck) according to the official website of the Nobel Prize. Writers ranked below him on the popularity chart include Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Pablo Neruda and Ernest Hemingway. Tagore won the prize in 1913, but a hundred years later readers continue to flock to his work because it possesses all the qualities essential to keep it fresh and relevant despite the passage of time big ideas, complex themes, stylistic brilliance, a deep engagement with nature, beauty, family, love, and passion, and above all, a profound timelessness.

Keeping the 21st century reader firmly in mind, this volume brings together some of Tagore s most celebrated works. In The Home and the World, perhaps his most popular novel, intricate issues of devotion to the motherland and to the family are explored through a story of two friends and a woman coming into her own. The Monk-King, with its devious priest and marauding armies, is also about the power of sacrifice and loyalty. In The Laboratory , Tagore s last short story, he creates a world that is materialistic and amoral with a light yet ruthless touch. In poems like Camilla and An Ordinary Girl he describes the sadness of unrequited love. His drama, Chandalika, is about the angst and helplessness of being in love with an unattainable ideal.

Brilliantly translated by Arunava Sinha, this selection of Rabindranath Tagore s fiction, poetry, lyrics and drama is evidence of his position as one of the world s greatest writers and reinforces the enduring nature of his words, emotions and beliefs.

Author Bio: Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was the youngest son of Devendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi. He started writing while he was still in his teenage years and published his first volume of poetry at the age of sixteen under the pseudonym Bhanusingha. In the course of a long and very productive writing career, Tagore wrote over 2,000 songs, many short stories, novels, plays, essays, autobiographies, poetry and dance dramas. Some of his most celebrated works include the novels Ghare Baire, Gora, Nastanirh, the poetry collections Gitanjali, Gitimalya, Sonar Tori, the dramas Dak-Ghar, Tasher Desh, Raktakaravi, the memoirs Chhelebela, Jivansmriti and others. Among his songs are the national anthems of two countries India and Bangladesh. He was an accomplished musician and developed a new branch of music called Rabindrasangeet.

Translated by Arunava Sinha Brilliantly translated by Arunava Sinha, keeping the 21st century reader firmly in mind, this selection of Rabindranath Tagore s fiction, poetry, lyrics and drama is evidence of his position as one of the world s greatest writers.

Tagore was the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was also knighted by the British government but he repudiated the knighthood in protest against the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919. A humanist and an educationist, he started the Visva-Bharati University and founded a centre of education at Shantiniketan where students and teachers lived and learned in a setting close to nature. He was married to Mrinalini Devi and had five children. Tagore passed away in August 1941, at the age of eighty. Deeply revered, his works remain the prism through which generations of readers have viewed life.

Arunava Sinha translates classic, modern and contemporary Bengali fiction and non-fiction into English. Twenty of his translations have been published so far. Twice the winner of the Crossword translation award for Sankar s Chowringhee (2007) and Anita Agnihotri s Seventeen (2011), respectively, he has also been shortlisted for The Independent Foreign Fiction prize (2009) for his translation of Chowringhee. Besides India, his translations have been published in the UK and the US in English, and in several European and Asian countries through further translation. He was born and grew up in Kolkata, and lives and writes in New Delhi.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Wednesday 18 December, 2013.

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