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Aranyak

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Translated from the Bengali by Bhaskar Chattopadhyay. A famous Bengali novel by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay is based on his long and arduous years in northern Bihar.

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Translated from the Bengali by Bhaskar Chattopadhyay

From one of the greatest Bengali novelists of all time

Aranyak, written in 1939, is a famous Bengali novel by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay based on his long and arduous years in northern Bihar. There he came into contact with a part of the world that, even now, remains unknown to most of us. ‘Aranyak’ literally means ‘Of the Forest’.
This novel explores the simple and heart-warming story of a man who gets a job as an estate manager in Bihar and slowly falls in love with the beautiful and tranquil forest around him. The dichotomy of urban and rural life comes alive, reflecting the great love that human beings and nature can share, one that Bandyopadhyay experienced in his heart. Written by one of the greatest Bengali authors, this haunting novel is rooted in guilt and sadness but also tremendous beauty.