Bengal Partition Stories: An Unclosed Chapter

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Bashabi Fraser
Anthem Press, 2008 - Fiction - 620 pages
This book throws new light on post-colonial evaluations of the Partition and its effect on eastern India. Until very recently, a striking state of 'near silence' has existed concerning the violence encountered by those who fled across the Bengal border. Bengal Partition Stories addresses this silence through the retelling of stories inspired by the division of Bengal, the mass exodus that followed and their repercussions on the cultural, social and economic character of the region, modern India as a whole and the newly-formed nation of Bangladesh. Despite numerous critical enquiries into the history, politics and social dynamics that contributed to the partition of Bengal, there remains a distinct lack of in-depth exploration into the personal experiences of those directly affected. Through oral histories, interviews and fictional retellings of the event and its aftermath, Bengal Partition Stories seeks to fill this gap by unearthing and articulating the collective memories of a people traumatised by the brutal division of their homeland. Through oral histories, interviews and fictional retellings of the event and its aftermath, Bengal Partition Stories seeks to fill this gap by unearthing and articulating the collective memories of a people traumatised by the brutal rupture of their homeland.
 

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Contents

About the Translation
57
The Authors and their stories
89
Insignificance
111
The Saviour
131
The Ledger
145
Infidel
165
Honour
189
Here and There
211
The Story ofSonadas Baul
361
Looking Back
387
The Debt of a Generation
415
If
429
Alams Own House
453
Three Generations
473
The Girl was Innocent
489
Infiltration
517

Hindu
227
The Crossing
247
Alien Land
271
India
289
Home Sweet Home
313
Embrace
339
Deliverance
539
Tagore
567
This Border
593
Glossary
609
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Dr Bashabi Fraser is currently a Lecturer in English Literature at Napier University and an Honorary Fellow at Edinburgh University.

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