Sunday, January 15, 2012

Lajja

I picked up a copy of Taslima Nasrins book - Lajja - its English translation actually published by Penguin. I have not read the original in Bengali - and I suppose assuming that translations usually do not capture emotions as well as originals. The original must have been quite a dark novel.

Reading the novel was quite depressing. The book pulls no punches - it is in your face and quite unemotional in describing violence and the despondency of the situation the protagonists go through. Also, it offers none of the usual politically correct language which one sees in a novel with a theme like this.

Anyway, if you have the guts to read it, do it, but be sure it will stick in your mind. Read the book for the rest, I suppose!

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