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Found in translation

ByAmitava Kumar
Feb 13, 2016 09:57 PM IST

When I paid my respects to an author I wanted to meet because of the persona he projects, writes Amitava Kumar.

I wanted to meet him. The problem was that I had been told he doesn’t see anyone. He is also quite sick, an invalid, confined to his bed. But I had a piece of paper with his address on it and I was standing at his doorstep in an ordinary housing estate near Jinjira Bazar on the fringes of Kolkata.

The writer as rebel: One cannot conceive of the existence of Subimal Misra’s writing without the Naxalbari uprising. In Misra’s stories, translated from Bengali, images of poverty and protest jostle for space with piquant critiques of middle-class pretensions and sexual hypocrisy.
The writer as rebel: One cannot conceive of the existence of Subimal Misra’s writing without the Naxalbari uprising. In Misra’s stories, translated from Bengali, images of poverty and protest jostle for space with piquant critiques of middle-class pretensions and sexual hypocrisy.
No price tags in Bengal: Instead of a price, Misra’s books only have a suggested exchange amount.
No price tags in Bengal: Instead of a price, Misra’s books only have a suggested exchange amount.
Thereby hangs a tale: Misra said that he didn’t have any goals in the commonly understood sense. And added: “While watching Sholay, I only wanted to know the name of Gabbar Singh’s horse.”
Thereby hangs a tale: Misra said that he didn’t have any goals in the commonly understood sense. And added: “While watching Sholay, I only wanted to know the name of Gabbar Singh’s horse.”
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