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The Middleman

The Middleman

Mani Shankar Mukherj
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1970s Calcutta. The city is teeming with thousands of young men in search of work. Somnath Banerjee “1970s Calcutta. The city is teeming with thousands of young men in search of work. Somnath Banerjee spends his days queuing up at the employment exchange. Unable to find a job despite his qualifications, Somnath decides to go into the order–supply business as a middleman. His ambition drives him to prostitute an innocent girl for a contract that will secure the future of Somnath Enterprises. As Somnath grows from an idealistic young man into a corrupt businessman, the novel becomes a terrifying portrait of the price the city extracts from its youth. Sankar’s The Middleman is the moving story of a man torn between who he is and what he wants to be. Stark and disquieting, the novel deftly exposes the decaying values and rampant corruption of a metropolis that is built on broken dreams and morbid reality. The evocative prose and vivid imagery in this first-ever translation successfully capture the textures of the Bengali original.

Imprint: India Penguin

Published: Dec/2013

ISBN: 9780143066712

Length : 200 Pages

MRP : ₹299.00

The Middleman

Mani Shankar Mukherj

1970s Calcutta. The city is teeming with thousands of young men in search of work. Somnath Banerjee “1970s Calcutta. The city is teeming with thousands of young men in search of work. Somnath Banerjee spends his days queuing up at the employment exchange. Unable to find a job despite his qualifications, Somnath decides to go into the order–supply business as a middleman. His ambition drives him to prostitute an innocent girl for a contract that will secure the future of Somnath Enterprises. As Somnath grows from an idealistic young man into a corrupt businessman, the novel becomes a terrifying portrait of the price the city extracts from its youth. Sankar’s The Middleman is the moving story of a man torn between who he is and what he wants to be. Stark and disquieting, the novel deftly exposes the decaying values and rampant corruption of a metropolis that is built on broken dreams and morbid reality. The evocative prose and vivid imagery in this first-ever translation successfully capture the textures of the Bengali original.

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Mani Shankar Mukherj

SANKAR (Mani Sankar Mukherji) is one of Bengal's most widely read
novelists in recent times. He also has several non-fiction best-sellers,
including a biography of Swami Vivekananda, to his credit. Two of
his novels, Seemabaddha (Company Limited) and Jana Aranya (The
Middleman), were turned into films by Satyajit Ray. He lives and
works in Kolkata.

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