Half a Face

Paper Type: Book Print | Size: 224 x 147mm
Black and white; 280 pages; Flexiback
ISBN-10: 8189738569 | ISBN-13: 978-81-89738-56-3

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The imprints of her ancestors’ feet that were displayed, amongst other memorabilia, on the walls of her house had always intrigued Priti, for to her they were malevolent. As she grew up, she almost obsessively questioned the mystery that lay behind the absence of the footprint of her great grandmother, the enigmatic Gauri, whose name was a taboo in the family and any questions asked pertaining to her life, considered blasphemous. Her grandfather was aware of this and on his deathbed, he bequeathed a key to her to unravel the truth lost in the dark shades of feudal Bengal. Will Priti be successful in the arduous task she has before her and what will her findings be? Brilliantly structured, the book has been aesthetically crafted, with its narrative moving on a parallel course between the past and the present, between rural Bengal and modern Kolkata, between hard-core realism and lyrical emotion. Steeped in local colour, the two voices quite distinct yet gradually merging in Priti’s consciousness, create a mystery that proceeds at breakneck speed, compels the reader’s total attention but never loses sight of the feminist issues at stake.

Nonda Chatterjee
Nonda Chatterjee

Late Nonda Chatterjee (1938-2012) was a much loved and widely respected educator who spent most of her long and distinguished teaching career at The Calcutta International School where she served both as a teacher of English and history, and as Principal. She also served as the Principal of The Cambridge School, Kolkata. In 2006 she received 'The Cambridge University Inspirational Teacher Award', a distinction granted for the first time in India. Chatterjee subsequently received The Telegraph Award for 'Lifetime Achievement as a Teacher'. She wrote novels, short stories, and poems and translated Bengali works of literature into English and Hindi. She contributed short stories and articles to The Statesman and The Sakaal Times, among other journals and periodicals.