Entering The Maze: Queer Fiction Of Krishnagopal Mallick – Tr. Niladri R. Chatterjee


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Krishnagopal Mallick’s works transport the reader back to a nostalgic time when Kolkata had a more relaxed pace of life. His unselfconscious prose pulls us into a city of trams, quiet lanes and quaint by-lanes, and a life lived with honesty and simple joys. And yet, rarely has Bengali literature witnessed such clear-eyed narratives of public and private violence, sexuality and humour. Unusual in their frank depiction of sexual encounters and behavior, the two short stories and a novella in this collection are a significant addition to queer literature in India, now made accessible to readers in English.

Entering the Maze introduces us to a craftsman of deadpan storytelling, who infuses North Kolkata with a queer radiance unmatched in Indian writing. Once one enters the world of these translations one cannot emerge unmoved, unchanged or unaffected.


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