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Barbed Wire Fence
Stories of Displacement from the Barak Valley of Assam
Paper Type: Book Print | Size: 216 x 140mm
Black and white
ISBN-10: 9381523290 | ISBN-13: 978-93-81523-29-2

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Barbed Wire Fence: Stories of Displacement from the Barak Valley of Assam is a collection of seventeen short stories that express the myriad facets of the immigrant experience of people from present-day Bangladesh who were forced to leave their native land during and after India’s independence and settle, amongst other places, in the Barak valley of Assam. Some stories explore the anguished sorrow of alienation while others speak of the turmoil of fractured identities. The stories lend a voice to those Bengalis for whom the painful memory of their beloved homeland is further exacerbated by the fact they are unwanted in Assam. They try to capture the terrifying essence of the brutal struggle for survival; the elemental fight against extreme depravation, social exploitation and political oppression. Barbed Wire Fence is a tract of unapologetic social realism which engages the reader’s sympathy and perhaps more importantly creates awareness of the plight and sufferings of these people.


Dipendu Das
Dipendu Das
Editor

Dipendu Das (b. 1965) teaches English at Assam University, Silchar. He did his Ph.D. on the plays of Arthur Miller and specialises in Theatre Studies. His current interest is New Literatures in English and Translation Studies. He has published extensively in national and international journals and books, has edited a theatre journal, and was a member of the editorial boards of several refereed journals. He is also a creative writer whose Bengali short story collection, Britter Bairey (2008) has been well-received. A theatre activist, Dipendu Das has written plays and musicals for the stage, radio and television.

Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharjee
Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharjee
Editor

Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharjee taught English Literature at Gauhati University for ten years and Comparative Literature at Jadavpur University for five years. He then joined Sahitya Akademi’s Eastern Regional Office at Kolkata as its Secretary. After putting in a decade there, he shifted to Delhi and worked as the Director of the National Book Trust, India for a five-year tenure. Later, he also worked as the Editor of Sahitya Akademi’s prestigious journal Indian Literature for five years and Director of K. K. Birla Foundation, New Delhi for six years. Currently he functions as the Editorial Director of Niyogi Books. An accomplished translator from Bengali into English and vice versa, his English translations of fictions of Mahasveta Devi, Sunil Gangaopadhyay and Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay have been well received. He has also translated a short story collection of U. R. Anantamurthy and a novel by Viswas Patil into Bengali. Recipient of the best translator’s award from IBBY Congress, Mr Bhattacharjee has also edited a collection of stories of displacement from Assam (Barbed Wire Fence, Niyogi Books) and co-edited Best of Indian Literature (1957-2007), published by the Sahitya Akademi.