The Home and the World (Paperback)

The Home and the World By Rabindranath Tagore, Surendranath Tagore (Translated by), Anita Desai (Introduction by), William Radice (Editor) Cover Image

The Home and the World (Paperback)

By Rabindranath Tagore, Surendranath Tagore (Translated by), Anita Desai (Introduction by), William Radice (Editor)


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From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

Set on a Bengali noble's estate in 1908, this is both a love story and a novel of political awakening. The central character, Bimala, is torn between the duties owed to her husband, Nikhil, and the demands made on her by the radical leader, Sandip. Her attempts to resolve the irreconciliable pressures of the home and world reflect the conflict in India itself, and the tragic outcome foreshadows the unrest that accompanied Partition in 1947.

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Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941) was a key figure of the Bengal Renaissance. A poet, a songwriter, a playwright, an essayist, a short story writer and a novelist; Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1931.

Anita Desai was born in 1937; her father was Bengali and her mother German, and she was educated in Delhi. Her publihsed work includes Clear Light of Day, which was shortlisted for the 1980 Booker Prize, Fire on the Mountain, for which she won the Royal Society of Literature's Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize and the 1978 National Academy of Letters Award, In Custody, which was shortlisted for the 1984 Booker Prize, a volume of short stories, Games at Twilight, and Baumgartner's Bombay, all of which are publihsed in Penguin. She has also written several books for children. She is a member of the Advisory Board for English of the National Academy of Letters in Delhi and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in London. She was awarded the Neil Gunn International Fellowship for 1994. Anita Desai is married, has four children, and lives in India.

William Radice is a poet, scholar, and translator of Bengali, who has written or edited nearly thirty books. He has translated Tagore’s short stories and his novel The Home of the World for Penguin Classics.

Product Details ISBN: 9780140449860
ISBN-10: 0140449868
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: April 26th, 2005
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics
By the Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature