The Collected Works of Homen Borgohain


Author: Homen Borgohain
Translated by Pradipta Borgahain

9789381506967 | PB | pp. 395 | 2017 | Amaryllis

This collection of Novellas by Homen Borgohain, highlights the importance and uniqueness of human life. Rooted in realism, steeped in irony and underlined with humour and pathos, these are stories that are sure to leave an unforgettable imprint on the mind.

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Like all timeless masterpieces, these classic novellas and short stories by the renowned Assamese writer Homen Borgohain highlight at once the uniqueness and universality of human life. Carefully and sensitively translated by Homem’s son, Pradipta Borgohain, the works included in this collection are gems from Homen’s repertoire of fine writing. Whether it be the very famous novella Matsyagandha/ The Fisherman’s Daughter (now also a motion picture) or short stories such as ‘The Curtain and the Strom’, these stories show Homen’s keen understanding of the human psyche, relationship and society in general.

With ‘The Homecoming’, Homen gives us a very realistic glimpse into the mind of a married man and his stifling existence, and how he slowly learns to cherish what he had always had, giving readers an insightful look into sustaining relationships. In ‘A Servant of the People’, Ratna Goswami, an aspiring politician, in his attempts to cheat people is forced to have a taste of his own medicine. ‘Despair’ is a heart-wrenching account of the lonely existence of an old woman, and her attempts to keep going and find some meaning in the life through trivial pursuits.

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Homen Borgohain
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About the Author

Homen Borgohain is an illustrious Assamese novelist, writer, poet, critic, journalist, columnist and editor. An important name in Assamese literature, at eighty-five, he is a living legend, with a solid and important body of work. His novel Pita Putra received the Sahitya Akademi Award. His writings have had an indelible impact on the literature and journalism of Assam.

Pradipta Borgohain is a writer, translator and academician. He got his doctorate degree in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has also worked as a journalist in the Guwahati-based English daily. The Sentinel, and continues to write for local and national dailies and magazines. Along with Homen Borgohain, he has co-authored Scrolls of Strife: The Endless History of the Nagas. Pradipta’s latest book, Victorian Literature (Literary Contexts), was recently published. He won the Katha Award for best translation in 1997. Currently, he is Professor and Head, Department of English in Gauhati University.


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