The Smell of Man: Selected Poems


Author: Thangjam Ibopishak
Translated by Robin S Ngangom

9788195305605 | PB | pp. 299 | 2021 | Robin S Ngangom

The Smell of Man introduces Anglophone readers to the celebrated Manipuri poet, Thangjam Ibopishak, in a beautiful translation from the original Meiteilon, by Robin S Ngangom.

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Comprising 47 poems originally written by acclaimed writer Thangjam Ibopishak who writes in Manipuri/Meiteilon, The Smell of Man as an act of poetry introduces the English-speaking world to his thematically wide-ranging poetry. The book is translated by Robin S Ngangom, who considers that Ibopishak writes about a city that dehumanises it dwellers.

In his foreword to the book, poet and cultural theorist Ranjit Hoskote wrote, ‘The Small of Man is wonderfully timely and welcome book. The political is omnipresent in these poems, which are attuned to the everyday emergencies of heavily militarised North-eastern India.’

The political is omnipresent in these poems, which are attuned to the everyday emergencies of heavily militarised NE India. In poem after courageous poem, the poet articulates his scepticism towards a State premised on technocracy, military control, and spectacle.

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About the Author

The author is one of the leading Manipuri poets. Based in Imphal, he taught Manipuri literature at GP Women’s College and has published 10 volumes of poetry, three of which earned him some of the most prestigious awards in the state. He has also published two books of essays and a memoir. Ibopishak also won the Sahitya Akademi Award for poetry in 1997 for The Ghost and the Mask, and the Manipur State Award for Literature in 2009.


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