Author: Susmita Bhattacharya
Year of Publication: First published 1999, Revised and enlarged second edition 2010, Revised and enlarged third edition 2017
Price: Rs 300
About the Author:
Susmita Bhattacharya was born in Calcutta in 1947. She received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Poona University in 1975. Dr. Bhattacharya has written several poetry collections. Her Bengali volumes include Karir Pahar Harer Pahar and Purushottamer Sange Pancham Sakshatkar. Her English volumes, in translation, comprise Lost Atlantis and Other Poems (Writers Workshop, India, 1995) and Dark (Sanbun, Delhi, 2004). Apart from this present volume, she has a second bilingual collection to her credit, Selected Fifty Five Poems (2006). Her poems in Bengali, translated into English, Hindi, Marathi, Assamese and Telugu have been published in magazines and anthologies in India, Sweden and the United Kingdom. She has written three works of research: The Concept of Equality – A Philosophical Enquiry (Writers Workshop, India, 2002), An Aesthetic Assessment of Bihu Songs (2004) and How Different is the Damned Gender? (2009).
In addition to writing, Dr. Bhattacharya is actively involved in women’s rights projects and is associated with Maitree – a network that campaigns for the rights of women. She is a member of the Institute of Social Work and teaches community children at its centre in Calcutta.
Dr. Bhattacharya writes about this book: “This is a bilingual book, containing each poem in two versions: Bengali and English. In most of the cases, the poems were first written in Bengali and then either translated or transcreated in English by the poet or by various distinguished translators from various walks of life, whose bio-data have been included. In some cases, however, the poems were first written in English and then transcreated in Bengali by the poet.”
Apart from the author, the other translators are Rajlakshmee Debee, Shyamasree Lal, Arati Ganguli, Marian Maddern, Debjani Chatterjee, Aditya Bhattacharjee, Sabyasachi Bagchi, Atri Bhattacharya, Srinjay Chakravarti and Joe Winter.
118 poems in Bengali and English