Bengal Marxism: Early Discourses and Debates


  • Author: Anuradha Roy
  • Publisher: Samya
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13: 9789381345023

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About the Book:

The Bolshevik Revolution introduced Marxism to Bengali intellectuals who lost an opportunity to build it up theoretically. The book critically examines their writings on Marxism, referring to wide-ranging sources in Bengali, not hitherto available in other books on Marxism. The Bengali Marxists wrote on Marxian theory and were greatly excited by Marxian aesthetic debates from the 1930s, privileging art and literature over political struggles, which perhaps explain its failure as a practice.

About the Author:

Anuradha Roy is an Indian novelist who has won the 2016 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for her novel Sleeping on Jupiter. Roy’s novel was selected from a shortlist of six to win the US$50,000 (A$72,907) prize, which is awarded annually to the best work of fiction pertaining to the South Asian region published in English. Her other novels include An Atlas of Impossible Longing and The Folded Earth. Her previous awards include the Crossword Book Award, the 2015 Man Booker Prize longlist, and the Hindu Literary Prize 2015 shortlist.