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Bengal the Beautiful
Translated by Joe Winter
ISBN: 978 0 856463 90 7
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Published: July 2006
234 x 156 x 6 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
I do not know where it is that the world seeks interest
I have heard an owl-of-Lakshmi sing out in the desolate moon
In these poems infused with a scent of unrequited love, the great Bengali poet Jibanananda Das captured his country’s soul through evocations of village life and natural beauty. Written in 1934, the sixty-two sonnets – discovered in an exercise-book twenty years after Das wrote them – achieved instant popularity on their posthumous publication in 1957, becoming a totemic symbol of freedom in Bangladesh’s 1971 War of Independence. This is the first English version of the complete collection, which was given its title ‘Rupasi Bangla’ by the poet’s brother who edited it for publication.
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