Between Life’s Uncertainties and its Less Malefic Choices
Tapti Roy
THE PUPPETS’ TALE by By Manik Bandyopadhyay. Translated from the original Bengali by Ratan Kumar Chattopadhyay Orient BlackSwan, 2022, 288 pp., INR 910.00
February 2024, volume 48, No 2

Manik Bandyopadhyay’s works have a potential for charging the imaginative faculty owing to which one not only reads his works but sees them. Putul Nacher Itikatha (1936), his third novel, translated into English as The Puppets’ Tale by Ratan Kumar Chattopadhyay, too fulfils the expectation. It fuels the imagination in a manner where one consciously participates in the narrative of Shashi Daktar (doctor) and the residents of the hamlet Gaodiya, somewhere in Bengal.

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