Aranyak : Of the Forest

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyaya

Translated by Rimli Bhattacharya



ISBN : 9788170461913

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Aranyak, composed between 1937-1939, was based on Bibhutibhushan's long and arduous years in northern Bihar, where he came into contact with a part of the world that, even now, remains unknown to most of us. In Aranyak, Bibhutibhushan weaves visionary poetry with a stark and uncompromising documentation of the day-to day lives of the dispossessed subsistence peasants, penurious brahmans, migrant landless labourers and adivasis. To this world the writer brings his own lifelong interest in the natural sciences and astronomy, his study of historical records and surveys and his familiarity with the lore of travel books. This classic novel will be of much interest to all lovers of literature and to those involved with environment/ displacement issues the world over. Aranayak has been translated into many Indian languages. This is the first complete translation of the novel in English.

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay (1894–1950) was an Indian Bengali author and one of the greatest writers in modern Bengali literature.


Rimli Bhattacharya is professor of gender studies at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta.




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