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The Faces and other stories

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The Faces and other stories
Dibyendu Palit

Translated by
Santanu Sinha Chaudhuri

Dibyendu Palit
Born in 1939, in Bhagalpur, Bihar, Dibyendu Palit is a major Bengali novelist, short-story writer and poet. His published works include thirty-six novels, twenty-three collections of short stories, ten collections of poems and four volumes of essays. He has been awarded several prestigious prizes of for literary excellence, including Ananda Puraskar (1984), Ramkumar Bhuwalka Award (1986) for the novel Sahojoddha, Bankim Chandra Memorial Award (1990) for the novel Dheu, and Sahitya Akademi Award (1998) for the novel Anubhab. Many of his writings have been translated into English and major Indian languages. Several of his novels and stories have been made into memorable films by eminent filmmakers like Tapan Sinha, Mrinal Sen and Buddhadeb Dasgupta. Palit is also a journalist of repute and a noted film and drama critic. For over twelve years he was associated with Anandabazar Patrika as Senior Assistant Editor. Prior to that he had a successful career in marketing and advertising, and held senior positions in Clarion-McCann Advertising, The Statesman, etc. He holds a post-graduate degree in comparative literature (1961) from Jadavpur University. He is married, has a son and stays in Kolkata.

Santanu Sinha Chaudhuri
Born in Kolkata in 1951. Studied in Ballygunge Government High School in Kolkata and Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan. Started working in 1974 at a factory in a desolate place in rural West Bengal and moved over to a large commercial organisation the next year. During the next two and a half decades, lived in Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Visakhapatnam and Bangalore and traveled all over the country and a few places abroad in connection with work. Presently self-employed and based in Kolkata with a happy family consisting of wife, two children and a fox terrier. Interested in reading, traveling, music and furniture designing. Translating works of Bangla fiction into English is more than a serious hobby. So far translated Bibhuti Bhushan Bandopadhyay's The Mountain of the Moon, being published by Katha, Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay's Manab Jamin, to be published by HarperCollins India shortly.

The Faces and other stories
The Faces is an anthology of short stories by Dibyendu Palit, a noted Bengali writer. Each of the twelve stories selected here is evocative of the growing isolation in an urban context. The city of Kolkata forms the backdrop in this collection. Some of the faces, which you will come across in the collection, are that of a middle-class man whose own weakness forces him to look up to the local ruffian to protect him against more ruffians like him (The Savior); a housewife who feels trapped in a marriage that ties her destiny with the runs scored by her cricketer husband (Antara); and a mother living out her last days in an old age home finding escape from her alienation by surrounding herself with imagined faces of the loved ones who never visit her (Faces).


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