Wildfire and Other Stories
Translated by Somnath Zutshi
Illustrations by Anandjit Ray Introduction by Nabaneeta Dev Sen
250pp, 17 b/w illustrations. 1999
ISBN : 9788170461524
Rs 395.00 (HB)
Balaichand Mukhopadhyay (1899-1979) adopted the pseudonym Banaphool, or wildflower, the name by which he is widely known to the Bengali reading public. These forty-five pieces by Banaphool are representative of his multifaceted talent. There are plainly whimsical tales, several ghost stories, a few morality fables, some bitterly critical political stories, and a number of stories which examine the consequences of religious belief when taken to levels of bigotry and exclusionism.
Banaphool was the pseudonym of Balaichand Mukhopadhyay, a physician with a busy medical practice who still succeeded in turning out a large number of literary works, including novels, short stories, plays, poetry, essays and autobiographical writings.
Somnath Zutshi was a psychonanalyst by training who studied and wrote extensively on cinema. He has also translated works by Somnath Hore and Mrinal Sen.