The Broken Home happens to be the second only translation of Tagore’s Nashtanirh, and the only one available in Amazon. Written by Lopa Banerjee, Deputy Editor, Learning and Creativity.
Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s well-known novella ‘Nastanirh’ is now accessible to a larger global audience in the form of prize-winning English translation – The Broken Home.
The novella had been made into an award-winning film ‘Charulata’ by none other than the Oscar-winner filmmaker of India, Satyajit Ray.
The Broken Home, written by Lopa Banerjee, Deputy Editor of Learning and Creativity, published serially in Cafe Dissensus in 2015, won the Reuel International Prize for Translation 2016, initiated by The Significant League (TSL). It is Lopa’s first solo book of translation.
How is Ray’s Charulata different from Tagore’s Nastanirh? Lopa questions the readers in the introduction/author’s note in the beginning of the book, and adds:” While Ray’s ‘Charulata’ attempts to unfurl the layers of the triangular love story between Charu, Bhupati (her husband) and Amal, Tagore’s novella, to my humble understanding, is more complex and layered, as it encompasses a whole gamut of their emotional world. Nastanirh talks about the thwarted creative passions of Charu, the details of Amal’s estrangement, the fumbling attempts of Bhupati seeking his wife’s attention, all the way to their catharsis. In my translation, I have tried to portray the essence of this complex world depicted by Tagore.”
The readers will find the answers to many such questions centered on this magnum opus novella of the bard Rabindranath Tagore once he reads the book in translation.
About the Author
Lopa Banerjee is a writer, editor and translator, currently based in Dallas, USA. She is the co-editor of ‘Defiant Dreams: Tales of Everyday Divas’, a collection of inspiring, women-centric stories published in collaboration with Incredible Women of India and Readomania. She is also a resident editor of Readomania. Her unpublished memoir Thwarted Escape has been First Place Category Winner at the Journey Awards 2014 hosted by Chanticleer Reviews. She is also Deputy Editor of Learning and Creativity. Read more about Lopa here.
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