The Bleeding Border: Stories of Bengal Partition book

The Bleeding Border: Stories of Bengal Partition

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The Bengal Partition has been studied extensively by historians and the earlier adage that it produced very little literatures of the division now stand completely dismantled. The Bleeding Borders is one such anthology of stories that will appeal to a wide range of readers and scholars who want a more than passing acquaintance with Partition’s literatures from this region. The stories have a range and versatility that bring to a curious reader all the best that Bangla has produced from 1940s onwards on an event that has left deep wounds among millions of people. Literature remains the best testimony of that unwritten history — Dr Debjani Sengupta, author, academician and partition scholar

When Mr Radcliffe was asked by the British rulers with tacit concurrence of the Indian leaders to draw a line of demarcation for two communities living in India, hardly a living soul could imagine the vast devastation and catastrophe it would bring upon the people of India in its wake and how the Partition tragedy will pan out.

The present volume is an anthology of twenty-four partition stories written by both prominent and lesser-known authors from West Bengal and Bangladesh. The poignant descriptions of various forms of violence, tension and anxiety at the porous border of two countries make these stories disturbing reading. They delineate the ghastly communal riots at various places and the trauma and disruptions of memory caused by them, the exodus of the ‘refugees’ from the then East Pakistan and their fierce struggle for survival in newly mushrooming colonies at unknown terrains, and above all, the nostalgia for an imaginary desh that defies cartographic barriers.  

Joyjit Ghosh ()
Joyjit Ghosh ()

Joyjit Ghosh is a Professor of English, Vidyasagar University. He is an avid translator. His translated works have appeared in Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi), Sahitya (Web Journal of CLAI), Muse India among other reputed journals. His book Imaging D. H. Lawrence: His Mind and Art in Letters (2012), has been critically acclaimed globally. Dr Ghosh has his research interests also in Indian Writing in English, Translation Studies, Diaspora Studies, Ecocriticism and Bengali Dalit Literature.

Mir  Ahammad Ali ( )
Mir Ahammad Ali ( )

Mir Ahammad Ali is Assistant Professor of English at Bhatter College, Vidyasagar University. He is currently pursuing his doctoral research on the psychological aspect of Partition violence in the Department of English, Vidyasagar University. He has published research articles on a wide variety of topics including Partition Studies, Trauma Studies, Bengal Partition, Performance Studies, Endangered Folk Performances of Bengal, Indigenous Studies, and Film Studies, among others.