November 29, 2023


Connecting Asian writers with global readers features Kitaab’s upcoming anthology of Bengali poems from India and Bangladesh

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New Release from Kitaab includes a poetry collection, translated by Rajat Chaudhuri.

Kitaab recently launched The Great Bengali Poetry Underground – Translated by Rajat Chaudhuri featuring 10 poets.

Rajat Chaudhuri has published six books – Butterfly Effect, Calcutta Nights (translation) Hotel Calcutta, The Best Asian Speculative Fiction (ed), Calculus (in Bengali) and Amber Dusk. He is the Charles Wallace Creative Writing Fellow (2014) at the University of Chichester, United Kingdom, Hawthornden Castle Fellow (2015) and a Korean Arts Council Fellow (2013) at Toji Cultural Centre, South Korea. Chaudhuri is a past Fellow of the Sangam House International Writers Residency.

With 100 poems translated in the book, the featured poets include Agni Roy, Novera Hossain, Mitul Dutta, Tanmay Mridha, Atanu Chakrabortty, Gouranga Mondal, Shapla Shawparjita, Pratyush Bandopadhyay, Aysa Jhorna and Arpan Chakraborty.

The blurb of the book reads:

Hundred poems, ten poets, two countries, one language …

In the pages of Bengali little magazines of India and Bangladesh and the obscure recesses of an ever-vibrant literary culture, spring other voices, other words – another art of seeing. Hidden from the glare of mainstream writing and often ignored in the portals of high culture, secret wizards of verse are chiselling away at experience, conjuring up the poetry of a stricken time. A poetry which genuflects before no one while delivering its irreverent message in whispers or cat alls. The subterranean chambers of Bengali underground poetry echo with angst and experiment, glow in the blurry heat of passion or slip into a meditative silence as it plumbs the depths of the heart. This collection trawls the darkest corners of the Bengali literary universe offering to English language readers, the first glimpse of an uncharted ocean – its winds, storms and unstoppable tides. hosts an exclusive excerpt from the book, saying,

This collection, curated and translated by Rajat Chaudhuri, brings together work from ‘the turbulent undercurrents of Bengali verse-writing’..

You can read the whole excerpt HERE.

The book is available at Kitaab Store.

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