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In a Foreign Land, by Chance
Paper Type: Book Print | Size: 216 x 140mm
Black and white; 144 pages; Hardback
ISBN-10: 8193393511 | ISBN-13: 978-81-933935-1-2

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Bipasha Choudhury, writer and poet in the English language, living in London for some years, is in Czechoslovakia, as part of a writer’s group—a visit that is set to change her in more ways than one. This is a time when Czechoslovakia is still a socialist state under Soviet dominion, poised for a major upheaval. In this milieu, a life-churning experience awaits Bipasha. Looking for answers outside, Bipasha is about to discover a valuable part of herself to pave a new destiny—in a foreign land, by chance.


-Translated by Soma Das many decades later, this still feels as fresh and relevant as was the original in 1977, and will strike a deeper chord given the increasing strength of the diaspora. We travel for various reasons, but some places give us more than we take from them. This book shows one of them.  Business Standard

-"Originally printed in 1977, the slender novella thus tackles questions of how the all-pervasive politics of a country affects individual lives and the fact that ideologies of a state can determine the outcomes of lives, changing and impacting them irrevocably."


Nabaneeta Dev Sen
Nabaneeta Dev Sen

Late Nabaneeta Dev Sen was one of the prominent Bengali litterateurs of our times with more than 80 books to her name. A student of Presidency, Jadavpur; Indiana, Harvard, Cambridge, and Berkeley universities, and an outstanding academic, she retired as Professor of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Her works reflect her intellection on an amazing array of social, political, and psychological topics, under different genres like poetry, novels, short stories, plays, literary criticism, travelogues, translations, and children’s literature. Her Radhakrishnan Memorial Lecture series at Oxford University, a pioneering work on women’s Ramayanas, has started a new school of studies on Sita across the world. Founder President of Soi—Women Writers’ Association of West Bengal, she has received national and international awards, including Padma Shri, Sahitya Akademi Award, and Bangla Akademi Lifetime Achievement Award.

Soma Das
Soma Das

Soma Das is a freelance editor and translates Bengali fiction and non-fiction literary works into English. Her translations include the works of some renowned Bengali authors like Shankar, Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Gautam Bhattacharya, and Tilottama Majumder. She lives in UK.