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Primeval by Manik Bandopadhyay: A Review

Primeval and Other Stories is a collection of eleven short stories by Manik Bandopadhyay, one of the most prominent Bengali writers of the 20th century. The stories, translated from Bengali by various translators, were first published in English by People's Publishing House in 1958. The book showcases Bandopadhyay's mastery of realism, social criticism, and psychological insight.


The title story, Primeval, is a haunting tale of a young couple, Nibaran and Surama, who live in a remote village surrounded by a primeval forest. Nibaran is a timid and superstitious man who fears the forest and its mysterious creatures. Surama is a bold and adventurous woman who loves the forest and its beauty. Their contrasting personalities create a rift between them, which is further widened by the interference of Nibaran's mother and the village priest. The story explores the themes of nature, culture, gender, and religion in a powerful and poetic way.

The other stories in the collection are equally compelling and diverse. They depict the lives of various characters from different walks of life, such as thieves, beggars, prostitutes, farmers, students, and artists. Bandopadhyay portrays their struggles, joys, sorrows, and hopes with empathy and honesty. He also exposes the social evils and injustices that plague the society, such as poverty, oppression, corruption, violence, and superstition. He does not shy away from depicting the dark and ugly aspects of human nature, but also shows glimpses of compassion and redemption.

Primeval and Other Stories is a classic work of Bengali literature that deserves to be read by a wider audience. It offers a rich and authentic glimpse into the culture and history of Bengal, as well as a profound and universal insight into the human condition. The stories are well-written, engaging, and thought-provoking. They are also available in PDF format online.


  • : Primeval And Other Stories by Manik Bandopadhyay Goodreads

  • : Manik Bandopadhyay - Wikipedia


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