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Book Title: Mosquito and Other Stories: Ghana-Da's Tall Tales|
The author of the book: Premendra Mitra
Date of issue: January 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9780143032144
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.98 MB
Edition: Penguin Books
Read full description of the books Mosquito and Other Stories: Ghana-Da's Tall Tales:When Premendra Mitra's legendary Ghanashyam Das - Ghana-da to everyone - first appeared in the story "Mosquito" or "Mosha" in 1945, he took the Bengali literary world by storm. As Mitra churned out "Insect", "Pebble," "Glass," "Fish" and a host of other stories in the following years, it was apparent that Ghana-da had become a bit of a cult. Here was a character whose very appearance and personality would forever be associated with tall tales.
"Mosquito and Other Stories" brings together twelve of Premendra Mitra's most popular Ghana-da tales. These stories within stories straddle the thin line between make-believe and truth. Ghana-da's bizarre narratives draw upon science, history, and geography to conjure up exotic locales, other worlds and peoples, their habits, lifestyles, and languages. In "Mosquito," Ghana-da saves mankind from a new and deadly breed of the insect. In "Pebble," we find him trading in sandalwood in the New Hebrides. "Glass" and "Duck" explore nuclear science. In "Hole," he tells his spellbound audience about the fourth dimension. And in "Hat" he is dragged over Mount Everest by a runaway yeti...
Amlan Das Gupta's translation has wonderfully captured the author's tone and spirit, making this collection an absolute page-turner.
Read information about the authorPremendra Mitra (Bangla: প্রেমেন্দ্র মিত্র) was a renowned Bengali poet, novelist, short story writer and film director. He was also an author of Bengali science fiction and thrillers.
His short stories were well-structured and innovative, and encompassed the diverse to the divergent in urban Indian society. The themes of poverty, degradation, caste, the intermittent conflict between religion and rationality and themes of the rural-urban divide are a thematically occurring refrain in much of his work. He experimented with the stylistic nuances of Bengali prose and tried to offer alternative linguistic parameters to the high-class elite prosaic Bengali language. It was basically an effort to make the Bengali literature free from softness, excessive romance and use of old style of writing which were prevalent in older writings.
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