Jungle Nama: A Story of the Sundarban

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Author: Amitav Ghosh

9789353579128 | HB | pp. 88 | 2021 | Fourth Estate

Jungle Nama is an adaptation of a legend of Bon-Bibi, a tale popular in the Sundarbans.

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Jungle Nama is Amitav Ghosh’s verse adaptation of an episode from the legend of Bon Bibi, a tale popular in the villages of the Sundarban, which also lies at the heart of the novel The Hungry Tide. It is the story of the avaricious rich merchant Dhona, the poor lad Dukhey, and his mother; it is also the story of Dokkhin Rai, a mighty spirit who appears to humans as a tiger, of Bon Bibi, the benign goddess of the forest, and her warrior brother Shah Jongoli.

The original print version of this legend, dating back to the nineteenth century, is composed in a Bengali verse meter known as dwipodi poyar. Jungle Nama is a free adaptation of the legend, told entirely in a poyar-like meter of twenty-four syllable couplets that replicate the cadence of the original.

The first-ever book in verse by Amitav Ghosh, Jungle Nama evokes the wonder of the Sundarban through its poetry, accompanied by stunning artwork by the renowned artist Salman Toor. This is an illuminated edition of a fabulous folk tale that every book lover will want to possess.

Author:

Amitav Ghosh

ISBN:

9789353579128

Publisher:

Fourth Estate

Binding:

Hardback

Pages:

88

Year of Publication:

2021

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

The author was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He studied in Delhi, Oxford and Egypt and has taught in a number of Indian and American universities. He is the author of previously, highly acclaimed novels: The Calcutta Chromosome, The Shadow Lines and The Glass Palace. He lives in New York.

This is his fist book in verse.

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