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Panty (Paperback)


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A woman arrives alone in Kolkata, taking refuge in a deserted apartment while she waits to undergo an unspecified surgery. In this disorienting city, everything seems new and strange: the pavement-dwellers outside her block, the collective displays of religiosity, the power cuts and alarming acts of arson. Her sense of identity already shaken, when she finds a stained pair of leopard print panties in the otherwise-empty wardrobe she begins to fantasise about their former owner, whose imagined life comes to blur with and overlap her own. Pairing manic energy with dark eroticism, Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay's writing has a surreal, feverish quality, slipping between fluid subjects with great stylistic daring. Credited with being 'the woman who reintroduced hardcore sexuality into Bengali literature', Bandyopadhyay is neither superficial nor sensationalistic, equally concerned with debates on religion and nationhood as with gender and sexuality.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Tilted Axis Press Publication Date: 13/05/2016 ISBN-13: 9781911284000  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay is the author of Panty. She has published nine novels and over fifty short stories since her controversial debut Shankini. Also a newspaper columnist and film critic, Sangeeta has recently moved from Kolkata to London. Tilted Axis will publish her novel Abandon, also translated by Arunava Sinha, in 2017.Arunava Sinha is the translator of Panty. He has translated over thirty books from Bengali. Winner of the Crossword translation award, for both Sankar's Chowringhee and Anita Agnihotri's Seventeen, and of the Muse India translation award for Buddhadeva Bose's When The Time Is Right, his translation of Chowringhee was also shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

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Racy, thrilling and at times bewildering, Panty covers such topics as sexuality, womanhood, religion and politics without giving away details, names or labels, which awakened my curiosity, intensifying the excitement of the unknown. Sangeeta’s writing has truly sparked deep analysis and conversations between myself and fellow readers, and to have achieved this in such a short number of pages is simply astounding. The perfect bookclub read.

Sofia, Design Team

 

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 23/12/2016

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