Elegy for the East

A story of blood and broken dreams

Dhruba Jyoti Borah


Niyogi Books, 2020

Language: English

380 pages

Price INR 595.00
Book Club Price INR 475.00
Seeped with the essence of contemporaneous history and the historical experience of the people, Dr Borah’s exploration of postcolonial ethos and angst is masterly. His voice is urgent and genuine, with a rare universal appeal.
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Before the relentless march of history, the lone individual is helpless. Yet it is men whose collective efforts give history its momentum and ushers in change of eras. These changes are tempestuous at times—like a churning that brings up both nectar and scum. Elegy for the East explores the utter helplessness and travails of man in face of exactly such overwhelming odds. A narrative not far from truth, where an uncaring, anonymous, and overbearing State creates and/or co-creates situations of social and political strife, and where innocent and beautiful dreams of the masses die in the stony bed of terror and counter-terror. The sylvian countryside of Assam with its green paddy fields hide memories of bloodshed, death, rape, and terror. And through all these, the eternal narrative of man’s quest for peace and meaning shine like a beacon.

Dhruba Jyoti Borah

Dhrubajyoti Borah, a medical doctor by profession, is a Guwahati-based Assamese writer and novelist. In a literary career spanning over three decades he has published many critically acclaimed works of fiction and non-fiction, including novels, monographs on history, travelogues and collections of articles. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2009.