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Dozakhnama

Dozakhnama

Conversation in Hell

Rabisankar Bal
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Dozakhnama: Conversations in Hell is an extraordinary novel, a biography of Manto and Ghalib
and a history of Indian culture rolled into one.

Exhumed from dust, Manto’s unpublished novel surfaces in Lucknow. Is it real or is it a fake? In this dastan, Manto and Ghalib converse, entwining their lives in shared dreams. The result is an intellectual journey that takes us into the people and events that shape us as a culture. As one writer describes it, ‘I discovered Rabisankar Bal like a torch in the darkness of the history of this subcontinent. This is the real story of two centuries of our own country.’

Rabisankar Bal’s audacious novel, told by reflections in a mirror and forged in the fires of hell, is both an oral tale and a shield against oblivion. An echo of distant screams. Inscribed by the devil’s quill, Dozakhnama is an outstanding performance of subterranean memory.

Imprint: Vintage Books

Published: Dec/2012

ISBN: 9788184003086

Length : 544 Pages

MRP : ₹399.00

Dozakhnama

Conversation in Hell

Rabisankar Bal

Dozakhnama: Conversations in Hell is an extraordinary novel, a biography of Manto and Ghalib
and a history of Indian culture rolled into one.

Exhumed from dust, Manto’s unpublished novel surfaces in Lucknow. Is it real or is it a fake? In this dastan, Manto and Ghalib converse, entwining their lives in shared dreams. The result is an intellectual journey that takes us into the people and events that shape us as a culture. As one writer describes it, ‘I discovered Rabisankar Bal like a torch in the darkness of the history of this subcontinent. This is the real story of two centuries of our own country.’

Rabisankar Bal’s audacious novel, told by reflections in a mirror and forged in the fires of hell, is both an oral tale and a shield against oblivion. An echo of distant screams. Inscribed by the devil’s quill, Dozakhnama is an outstanding performance of subterranean memory.

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Rabisankar Bal

Rabisankar Bal is a Bangla novelist and short-story writer, with over fi fteen novels, fi ve short-story collections, one volume of poetry and one volume of literary essays. Born in 1962, he has been writing for thirty years. His novel The Biography of Midnight won the West Bengal government's Sutapa Roychowdhury Memorial Prize. Dozakhnama,
acknowledged by the late doyen of Bengali literature, Sunil Gangopadhyay, as the fi nest novel of 2010, won the West Bengal government's Bankimchandra Smriti Puraskar. He has edited a collection of Saadat Hasan Manto's writings translated into Bangla. A journalist by profession, he lives in Kolkata and passionately follows literature, music, painting, and world cinema.