Debi Chaudhurani, or The Wife Who Came Home
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Debi Chaudhurani, or The Wife Who Came Home

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This is the second in a trilogy of works by the famed Bengali novelist Bankimcandra Chatterji (1838-1894), and the second to be translated by Julius Lipner. The first, Anandamath, or The Sacred Brotherhood was published by OUP in 2005. Bankim Chatterji was perhaps the foremost novelist and intellectual mediating western ideas to India in the latter half of the 19th century. Debi Chaudhurani is a didactic work that champions a particular interpretation of Hindu dharma and wifely duties reflective of the late 19th-century Calcutta context in which it was written. But the story is also compelling. Written in a conversational style, it features surprising plot twists and ideas that are, even today, revolutionary in their daring. Most notably, Bankim makes a woman the embodiment of Lord Krishna's salvific message, as originally enunciated in the Bhagavad Gita. The protagonist, Debi, is a complex figure who is a rejected wife, becomes a bandit queen, represents a goddess figure, and symbolizes the land of India. There is a creative tension between her strength as a leader and her correct role, from the perspective of the author, as a domestic wife. Bankim also focuses on caste and what it means to be a genuine Brahmin, who is transformed by the author into a man who executes responsibilities instead of demanding privileges. Within the context of the teachings of the Gita, the author shares his vision of social activism to improve India. Lipner's idiomatic translation is enhanced by his detailed commentary on the original Bengali text and by a readable introduction that sets the novel and its ideas in context.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 24mm | 458.13g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 2 black and white line illustrations
  • 0195388364
  • 9780195388367

Table of contents

Abbreviations ; Introduction ; Debi Chaudhurani, or The Wife Who Came Home ; Dedication, Epigraphs, Notice ; Part I: Chapters 1-16 ; Part II: Chapters 1-12 ; Part III: Chapters 1-14 ; Critical Apparatus ; Dedication, Epigraphs, Notice ; Part I: Chapters 1-16 ; Part II: Chapters 1-12 ; Part III: Chapters 1-14 ; Appendix A: Earlier Version of Part I, Chapters 9-17 ; Appendix B: Earlier Version of Part II, Chapters 1-12 ; Select Bibliography ; Index to the Introduction and Critical Apparatus ; Index to Debi Chaudhurani (Including Variants)show more

About Bankimcandra Chatterji

Julius Lipner is the Professor of Hinduism and the Comparative Study of Religion at Cambridge Universityshow more

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