Red River, New Delhi, 2020

Language: English

92 pages

Price INR 250.00
Book Club Price INR 200.00
Farman is intimately familiar with these pangs of hunger. Since his childhood. Hunger and he are old companions. Now he can discern the signs of hunger without a doubt.
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Thus begins this parable-like story by acclaimed Assamese novelist Dr Dhruba Jyoti Borah, a pragmatic response to Nikolai Gogol, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Knut Hamsun. Written in Assamese in the early 1980s, and available in English for the first time, this sparkling translation narrates the story of Farman — a landless farmer in an unnamed ‘char’ in lower Assam. His doomed search for a livelihood leads him on a perilous road — the proverbial point of no return.

Told in a sparse and unadorned language and with single-minded focus on Farman’s fate, Hunger is the Biblical Book of Job set in a godless world where every man is unto himself, destined for self-destruction.

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.