- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Aleph Book Company (20 September 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9789387561434
- ISBN-13: 978-9387561434
- ASIN: 9387561437
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Moving Shadow: Electrifying Bengali Pulp Fiction Paperback – 20 Sep 2018
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About the Author
Arunava Sinha translates classic, modern and contemporary Bengali fiction and non-fiction into English. Over forty of his translations have been published so far. He has selected and translated the bestselling The Greatest Bengali Stories Ever Told. He has won the Crossword Translation Award for Sankar’s Chowringhee (2007) and Anita Agnihotri’s Seventeen (2001).
He has also won the Muse India Award for his translation for When the Time is Right (2012). His translation of Chowringhee was shortlisted for The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (2009). His translations have also been published in the UK, US, Europe and Asia through further translation.
He grew up in Kolkata and lives in New Delhi.
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As the tagline of the book says, “Electrifying Bengali Pulp Fiction” this book consists of verity of stories which will keep you hooked till you finish them. Stories covered in the crime genre make a thrilling aura as you read them, several mysteries are interlocked & as you think you have figured them all out, there’s a twist that will knock your socks off. The stories in horror genre will indeed scare you but at the same time intrigue you to the core.
I haven’t read any Bengali pulp fiction before & there couldn’t have been a better introduction to this world. The stories are selected with great care as they’re so engaging that they will not let you leave the book alone until you have finished all of it. The translation is brilliant as usual, the cover is beautiful & the title is apt.
The Moving Shadow: Electrifying Bengali Pulp Fiction marks my foray into Bengali literature and I regret not doing this much earlier. The book came out at a time when I was looking for diverse Indian reads, and the timing could not have been better! I had no idea that we had such diverse pulp fictions to our credit, that too from some master storytellers like Ray. While some of the stories impressed me, I was thoroughly disappointed with a few.
The first story, Parashar Barma Makes a Bid by Premendra Mitra was very engaging, witty and maintained the suspense throughout. However, it was too similar to Sherlock Holmes-the whole famous detective whose story is narrated by a friend he always takes around with him during his detective escapades and the constant failed efforts by the narrator to solve the clues firsthand and impress the detective himself. The Moving Shadow by Swapan Kumar had detective Dipak Chatterjee solving the mystery of ‘The Moving Shadow,’ a criminal (or group of criminals) engaged in some mysterious activities in the city. It was well-written, had a well-constructed story and was brimming with suspense, but it did not have anything new to offer and had a very predictable ending.
I was absolutely disappointed with The Secret Agent by Vikramaditya, as for starters, it was way too long for a short story and dragged on meaninglessly that I was forced to skip a few paragraphs. It covered the theme of spies and had too many unnecessary characters, the plot was poorly constructed and the story failed to strike a chord with me. More of a science fiction, Capotronic Love by Muhammed Zafar Iqbal told the story of a robot and was a much-needed relief from its predecessor. It was crisp, charming, and connected well with me.
This entire section was an absolute delight that had me hooked throughout. The first story in this section, Bhuto by Satyajit Ray is my favourite story from the book. It told the story of an established ventriloquist and an aspiring one and was spooky, brilliantly written, and the suspense level was top-notch. I have to appreciate Sinha for maintaining the magnificence of Ray’s writing in the translation.
The Moon is Back by Adrish Bardhan was more of a science fiction and talked about a strange phenomenon associated with the moon. The story had me baffled, hooked to it from the beginning, and the ending rendered me speechless. Coupled with such great writing, the whole idea put forth in the story just made it such a pleasant read.
The story of a psychologist and his patient, Saradindu and This Body by Gobindolal Bandyopadhyay was terrifying. Though it was not too engaging and had poorly constructed dialogues, the story was great. I loved Foreshadowed by Bhabani Mukhopadhyay!! The story of a married couple, it was creepy, filled with suspense and had such an unpredictable ending.
The Moving Shadow: Electrifying Bengali Pulp Fiction selected and translated by Arunava Singha has something for everyone. The book was such an eye-opener for me regarding Bengali literature and each story was so diverse that I was eagerly awaiting what came next. I am not in a position to comment on Singha’s translation of these works, but I absolutely loved his idea of bringing together Bengali pulp fiction in such a fine compilation. I highly recommend this book to everyone, and is a must read if you are a fan of pulp fiction. (less)