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Heinemann, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 216 pages
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"The Khans and the Kotals are peasant farmers scratching a living in colonial Bengal. Their apparently peaceful lives revolve around the planting and harvesting of crops, but there are conflicts just beneath the surface. At the centre is Dariabibi, the 'Janani' (mother), enduring the burden of responsibility. Abandoned by her timid, escapist husband, she is forced to accept help from a manipulative benefactor... Shaukat Osman describes scenes of simple domesticity with a poet's eye. His novel has the sensuous, sprawling quality of real life."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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SHAUKAT OSMAN was born in 1917 in an orthodox Muslim home in the village of Sabalsinghapur in Hoogley, West Bengal. He studied Economics at St Xavier's College, Calcutta, and gained a Master's degree in Bengali Language and Literature from Calcutta University. In 1942 he was appointed lecturer at Calcutta Institute of Commerce and following the partition of India in 1947 he taught in Chittagong Government College of Commerce and at Dhaka College until he retired in 1977.He has published over sixty volumes of fiction, drama, poetry and essays. His fiction includes Adam's Children (1945), Janani (serialised in 1945-46 and published in 1961), The Slave's Laugh (1962), The Wolf Forest (1980), The Insect Cage (1983), The State Witness (1985) and several volumes of short stories.Uniquely among the Bengali Muslim writers who emerged in the forties, Shaukat Osman uses the lives of peasants and the urban poor as his themes. He became increasingly involved in his nation's

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