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Selections from Galpaguchchha (Box)
Rabindranath Tagore, Translator: Ratan K. Chattopadhyay
Price : ₹ 1500.00  
ISBN : 9788125040477
Language : English
Pages : 988
Binding : Hardback
Book Size : 140 x 216 mm
Year : 2011
Series :
Territorial Rights : World
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About the Book

This three-volume English translation by Ratan Kumar Chattopadhyay called Selections from Galpaguchchha is a collection of sixty-one of Tagore’s short stories broadly grouped under the themes of parting of ways, the relationship between men and women, and the power within the woman, respectively.

Volume 1 includes memorable stories like the ‘The Pedlar from Kabul’, ‘Broken Nest’, ‘Punishment’ and ‘The Postmaster’. In the first, an Afghan hawker, Rahmat, comes to Calcutta and befriends five-year-old Mini, who reminds him of his own daughter back home. While ‘Broken Nest’ is a story of a lonely urban housewife’s friendship with her brother-in-law and her overwhelming sense of loss when the relationship ends abruptly, ‘Punishment’
set in rural Bengal is a poignant story of young Chandora and her grim resolve when her husband, to save his brother, persuades her to own up to a murder she did not commit.

In Volume 2, we find the ever- popular ‘Ramkanai’s Folly’, ‘The Ghat’s Story’, ‘Woman Bereft of Jewels’, ‘Grandfather’, and ‘The Matronly Boy’, among other stories. The travails of a timid man of indomitable honesty who attains a tragic heroism are narrated in ‘Ramkanai’s Folly’, while the theme of ‘The Ghat’s Story’ is the unstated, forbidden love of a young woman for a hermit who may or may not be her long-lost husband. The frisson in the haunting climax of the ‘Woman Bereft of Jewels’, a horrifying morality tale of egotism and greed, is justly famous.

Volume 3, the last in this series, is studded with gems such as ‘Hungry Stones’, ‘The Wife’s Letter’, ‘The Story of a Muslim Woman’, ‘Hidden Treasure’ and ’At Dead of Night’. The theme of ‘Hungry Stones’ is a tale hovering between dream and reality involving palace intrigue and unrequited love, and in ‘The Wife’s Letter’, Mrinal breaks free from the stifling marital ties of fifteen years in what is an indictment of existing gender relations. A traditional Hindu girl out of gratitude for her elderly Muslim protector embraces his religion and falls in love with his son in ‘The Story of a Muslim Woman’.

Table of Contents

Volume 1

Translator’s Preface vii

The Postmaster
Return of the Little Master
(Khokababur Pratyabartan)
The Visitor
The Exercise Book
The Pedlar from Kabul
The Living and the Dead
(Jibito O Mrito)
The Golden Deer
A Bequest of Property
(Anadhikar Prabesh)
Means of Freedom
(Muktir Upaay)
The Austere Woman
The Silent Girl
A Single Night
Jajneshwar’s Offering
(Jajneshwarer Jajna)
Taraprasanna’s Achievement
(Taraprasannar Kirti)
A Tale of Fantasy
(Ekta Asharhe Galpa)
Forlorn Hope
Broken Nest

Volume 2

Translator’s Preface vii
Cloud and Sunshine
(Megh O Roudra)
The Ghat’s Story
(Ghater Katha)
The Matrimonial Deal
Ramkanai’s Folly
(Ramkanaiyer Nirbuddhita)
The Matronly Boy
The Skeleton
The Rift
Resentment Appeased
The Wedding Garland
The Intervening Woman
The Haldar Family
Rasmani’s Son
(Rasmanir Chhele)
Fertility Sacrifice
Nature’s Child
Woman Bereft of Jewels
The Ending

Volume 3

Translator’s Preface vii
Hungry Stones
(Kshudhita Pashaan)
Hidden Treasure
The Editor
The Gift of Sight
Elder Sister
At Dead of Night
A Problem Solved
The Inscrutable Woman
The Royal Mark
The Wife’s Letter
(Streer Patra)Galpaguchchha
An Unapproved Story
(Namanjur Galpo)
House Number One
(Poila Nambar)
In Quest of a Bride
(Patra o Patri)
The Laboratory
Throttling Progress
The Story of a Muslim Woman
(Mussalmanir Galpa)
The Epilogue
(Shesh Katha)

Contributors (Author(s), Editor(s), Translator(s), Illustrator(s) etc.)


Ratan Kumar Chattopadhyay (translator from the Bengali original) is a graduate from the University of Calcutta.