Jungle Nama: A Story of the Sundarban by Amitav Ghosh and Salman Toor
AUTHOR : Amitav Ghosh ILLUSTRATIONS: Salman Toor
The first-ever book in verse by Amitav Ghosh, Jungle Nama evokes the wonder of the Sundarban through its poetry, accompanied by stunning artwork by the renowned artist Salman Toor
Jungle Nama is Amitav Ghosh's verse adaptation of an episode from the legend of Bon Bibi, a tale popular in the villages of the Sundarban, which also lies at the heart of the novel The Hungry Tide. It is the story of the avaricious rich merchant Dhona, the poor lad Dukhey, and his mother; it is also the story of Dokkhin Rai, a mighty spirit who appears to humans as a tiger, of Bon Bibi, the benign goddess of the forest, and her warrior brother Shah Jongoli.
The original print version of this legend, dating back to the nineteenth century, is composed in a Bengali verse meter known as dwipodi poyar. Jungle Nama is a free adaptation of the legend, told entirely in a poyar-like meter of twenty-four syllable couplets that replicate the cadence of the original.
This is an illuminated edition of a fabulous folk tale that every book lover will want to possess.
Amitav Ghosh is the author of several acclaimed works of fiction and
non-fiction including The Shadow Lines, In an Antique Land, The Glass Palace, The HungryTide, the Ibis Trilogy, The Great Derangement and Gun Island. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages. He has been awarded and honoured across the world for his work. In 2019,Foreign Policy named him one of the most
important global thinkers of the preceding decade.The same year, the Jnanpith Award, India's highest literary honour was conferred on him
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