Nabarun Bhattacharya: Aesthetics and Politics in a World After Ethics (Hardcover)
The book aims to introduce the Bengali writer (1948-2014) to a global audience through some of his short stories and poems in English translation and a series of critical essays on his works. A political commitment to literature frames Nabarun Bhattacharya's aesthetic project and the volume wishes to tease out the various perspectives on this complex meeting of politics and aesthetics. Be it the novel on dogs or those on petro-pollution and the machine, the political question in Nabarun echoes significant contemporary issues, such as animal rights, global warming and techno-capitalism. This opens up the possibility of questioning the traditional paradigm of humanist values in a world of catastrophic and violent encounters such as nuclear war or holocaust, which keeps returning in Nabarun's works.
Sourit Bhattacharya is Lecturer in Postcolonial Studies in the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow. Arka Chattopadhyay is Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, India. Samrat Sengupta is Assistant Professor and Head, Department of English, Sammilani Mahavidyalaya, Kolkata, India