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A Plate of White Marble(Forthcoming)
June 1, 2020
Bani Basu and Nandini Guha
Fiction: General/Other
Life is indeed much harder for a single parent who has to navigate life without the many wonderful benefits that a two-parent household provides. In addition to the normal challenges, especially single mothers have to struggle with issues related to the society, as well as a lack of emotional support (sometimes). The concerns of single mothers cannot be dissociated from those of other single women or women in general. Single mothers experience a lot of difficulties and deprivations, connected with the restrictions that are imposed on their lifestyle and the persistence of pessimistic social attitudes.
Forthcoming title, A Plate of White Marble, first published in 1990 in the original Bengali, tells the tale of the ‘new woman’ of an era that just witnessed the independence of a nation. Bandana, the protagonist, though grieves over her husband’s early death, never conforms to the social connotation and ideals of ‘widowhood’, thanks to her uncle. She dares to begin her life afresh in every possible sense. But naturally, the road proves to be full of thorns as she gradually faces bitterness from many quarters of the society. The only thing she clings to is her son, but once that anchor too is lost, she leaves behind the safe concrete walls of what she used to consider ‘home’, only to work for a far greater cause—she joins a children’s home to work for those who need her the most.
This first translation brings a significant Bengali novel with important social concerns to a wider audience.
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Yes, All languages except Hindi and English and all territories except Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
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Bani Basu: Bani Basu is one of the most versatile contemporary writers in Bengali. An eminent academician, poet, novelist, essayist, critic and translator, Basu writes on diverse topics ranging from history and mythology to society, psychology and gender. She received her formal education from Lady Brabourne College, Scottish Church College and University of Calcutta, where she earned a master’s degree in English. She served as a lecturer and later, as the Head of the Department of English at Bijoy Krishna Girls College, Howrah.

Nandini Guha: Nandini Guha is a retired Associate Professor of English at the College of Vocational Studies, University of Delhi. She received the Katha Award for translating Kharap Chhele (Dark Afternoons) by Bani Basu. Other remarkable translations from Bengali to English include Taslima Nasreen’s autobiography Utal Haoa (Wild Wind) and Anita Agnihotri’s Akal Bodhon (Awakwning). Guha has also contributed translated pieces to Women in Concert, The Essential Tagore and Shades of Difference.
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