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Calcutta Song and Lipika published by Peridot Press April 22, 2013

Posted by Jonathan Barnes, editor in Peridot Press.
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Calcutta Song and Lipika

Our imprint Peridot Press has published two new titles: Calcutta Song by Joe Winter; and the same author’s new translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s classic Lipika.

Joe Winter is a British teacher, writer and poet who has previously translated works of great Indian poets such as Tagore and Jabinananda Das.

His 12 years living in Calcutta (now known as Kolkata), from 1994, inspired him to write Calcutta Song, a vivid and atmospheric account of daily life in his new surroundings. It has the strapline ‘Life, love and learning in a city of dreams’.

The narrative takes the reader through Winter’s forays into teaching, journalism and poetry while he gains an insight into what it means to be a Kolkatan.

As well as a personal journey, Calcutta Song is a wide-ranging encounter with some of the forces that have made and make India what it is.

Lipika is a collection of prose poems, short stories and vignettes and was first published in 1922. It has long been cherished by the Bengali people and is now available in clear and direct translation in English.

Tagore (1861-1941) wrote about 200 books and Lipika (roughly translated as ‘Brief Pieces’) comes at about the midpoint in his output. He became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 although his elegant prose and magical poetry remain largely unknown outside Bengal.

Gitanjali (Song Offerings)Gora (Fair-Faced), and Ghare-Baire (The Home and the World) are his best-known works, but Lipika stands up in comparison to all three.

To order Calcutta Song and Lipika, visit our bookshop.

For more information about Peridot Press, go to www.peridot.co.uk

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