So Many Hungers!
A widely acclaimed modern Indian classis… it forcefully deals with the theme of hunger and concomitant human degradation.
"Sincere, bitter… a factual and vivid account of one of the most shocking disasters in history." — The Times Literary Supplement
"... One of Bhabani Bhattacharya’s better known novels… deals with a time today’s generation know little about and which the older generation is forgetting. It is an era it would do us all good to remember." — The Hindustan Times
"… sad story of famine against the backdrop of War and National Movement." — Commonwealth Quarterly
"An outstanding book. In analysis and treatment, in projection and interpretation, in style and elegance, So May Hungers! has attained an enviable standard." — Amrita Bazar Patrika
"One of the masterpieces of Bhabani Bhattacharya written in a highly polished English with intense realism, a sense of sincerity and dedication to the theme and art… an impeachment of man’s inhumanity to man." — The Hitavada
Bhabani Bhattacharya (1906-1988), remains one of the most celebrated writers of his time, popular equally in India and abroad. A contemporary of Mulk Raj Anand, R.K. Narayan and Raja Rao, he is widely admired not only as a novelist but also as a translator, scholar, historian, biographer and a short story writer.
After a brilliant academic career culminating in doctorate from the University of London, he joined the Indian Foreign Service; he was, however, destined to be a creative writer. “…what helped me most was something within; a feeling not simply acquired… a need for self-expression as strong as the need for food, for sleep.”
In 1970-71 he joined University of Hawaii’s East-West Centre as visiting faculty, and went on to become Walker-Ames Professor at the prestigious University of Washington, Seattle. While teaching in various American universities, Bhattacharya continued with his literary pursuits, and also earned the sobriquet of “culture heir to the East and the West.”
Bhattacharya’s achievement as a novelist lies not only in the choice and handling of themes, narrative technique and art of characterization but also in shaping the English language as a suitable medium to convey Indian sensibilities.
One of the striking features of his novels is the prominence given to women characters/exceptional regard for women. Women are usually presented by him as highly significant if not central characters. They are not inferior to men, even if they happen to live in a male-dominated society.
In recognition of the services he was appointed Consultant, Ministry of Education, New Delhi, and to the Sahitya Akademi Advisory Board.
Format: eBook | Language: English