ISBN 9789382277279,Rabindranath Tagore for the 21st Century Reader

Rabindranath Tagore for the 21st Century Reader



Aleph Book Company

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9789382277279

ISBN-10 9382277277


Number of Pages 486 Pages
Language (English)


Rabindranath Tagore is the second most popular literature laureate of all time (after John Steinbeck) according to the official website of the Nobel Prize. Writers ranked below him on the popularity chart include Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Pablo Neruda and Ernest Hemingway. Tagore won the prize in 1913, but a hundred years later readers continue to flock to his work because it possesses all the qualities essential to keep it fresh and relevant despite the passage of time big ideas, complex themes, stylistic brilliance, a deep engagement with nature, beauty, family, love, passion and above all, a profound timelessness. Keeping the 21st century reader firmly in mind, this volume brings together some of Tagores most celebrated works. In The Home and the World, perhaps his most popular novel, intricate issues of devotion to the motherland and to the family are explored through a story of two friends and a woman coming into her own. The Monk-king, with its devious priest and marauding armies, is also about the power of sacrifice and loyalty. In The Laboratory, Tagores last short story, he creates a world that is materialistic and amoral with a light yet ruthless touch. In poems like Camilla and An Ordinary Girl he describes the sadness of unrequited love, his drama. Chandalika, is about the angst and helplessness of being in love with an unattainable ideal. Brilliantly translated by Arunava Sinha, this selection of Rabindranath Tagores fiction, poetry, lyrics and drama is evidence of his position as one of the worlds greatest writers and reinforces the enduring nature of his words, emotions and beliefs.

About the Author

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was the youngest son of Devendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi. He started writing while he was still in his teenage years and published his first volume of poetry at the age of sixteen under the pseudonym Bhanusingha. In the course of a long and very productive writing career, Tagore wrote over 2,000 songs, many short stories, novels, plays, essays, autobiographies, poetry and dance dramas. Some of his most celebrated works include the novels Ghare Baire, Gora, Nastanirh, the poetry collections Gitanjali, Gitimalya, Sonar Tori, the dramas Dak-Ghar, Tasher Desh, Raktakaravi, the memoirs Chhelebela, Jivansmriti and others. Among his songs are the national anthems of two countries India and Bangladesh. He was an accomplished musician and developed a new branch of music called Rabindrasangeet. Tagore was the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was also knighted by the British government but he repudiated the knighthood in protest against the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919. A humanist and an educationist, he started the Visva-Bharati University and founded a centre of education at Shantiniketan where students and teachers lived and learned in a setting close to nature. He was married to Mrinalini Devi and had five children. Tagore passed away in August 1941, at the age of eighty. Deeply revered, his works remain the prism through which generations of readers have viewed life.