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Book Name : Timeless Tales from Bengal: An Anthology of Bangla Children's and Young Adults' Stories

Author Name : Dipankar Roy, Saurav Dasthakur

Published By : Niyogi Books


Buddhadeva Bose, the noted Bengali littérateur, once observed that the greatest treasure of Bangla

literature is its children’s and young adults’ literature. The achievements of stalwarts as various as

Rabindranath Thakur, Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Sukumar Ray,

Manik Bandyopadhyay, Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, Narayan

Gangopadhyay, Sunil Gangopadhyay, Satyajit Ray and many others in this realm enable it to match

similar traditions existing anywhere in the world. Their best works also remind us that a good piece for

children is also a charming one for the adult. Their efforts have made Bangla children’s literature a

treasure trove that can enamour any child—or anybody—who loves to read. This unique anthology of

thirty-four translated stories invites the reader to a feast that offers on the platter most of the sub-genres in

the realm: from fantasy, folk tales and animal stories through comic tales, detective fiction and adventure

and suspense stories to ghost stories, historical narratives, sports narratives and tales of social

consciousness.

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