Classic Satyajit Ray

Classic Satyajit Ray

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Item Code: NAG638
Author: Satyajit Ray
Publisher: Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2012
ISBN: 9780143418610
Pages: 417
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 390 gm

About the Book

 

Best known for his immensely popular Feluda mysteries and the adventures of Professor Shonku, Satyajit Ray was also one of the most skilful short story writers of his generation. Ray’s short stories often explore the macabre and the supernatural, and are marked by the sharp characterization and trademark wit that distinguishes his films. This collection brings together Ray’s best short stories-including such timeless gems as ‘Khagam’, ‘Indigo’, ‘Fritz’, ‘Bhuto’, ‘The Pterodactyl’s Egg’, ‘Big Bill’, ‘Patol Babu, Film Star’ and ‘The Hungry Septopus’-which readers of all ages will enjoy.

 

About the Author

 

Satyajit Ray was born on 2 May 1921 in Calcutta. After graduating from Presidency College, Calcutta, in 1940, he studied art at Rabindranath Tagore’s university, Shantiniketan. By 1943, Ray was back in Calcutta and had joined an advertising firm as a visualizer. He also started designing covers and illustrating books brought out by Signet Press. A deep interest in films led to his establishing the Calcutta Film Society in 1947. During a six-month trip to Europe in 1950, Ray became a member of the London Film Club and managed to see ninety-nine films in only four and a half months.

 

In 1955, after overcoming innumerable difficulties, Satyajit Ray completed his first film, Pather Panchali, with financial assistance from the West Bengal government. The film was an award winner at the Cannes Film Festival and established Ray as a director of international stature. Together with Aparajito (The Unvanquished, 1956) and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu, 1959), it forms the Apu trilogy and perhaps constitutes Ray’s finest work. Ray’s other films include Jalsaghar (The Music Room, 1958), Charulata (1964), Aranyer Din Ratri (Days and Nights in the Forest, 1970), Shatranj Ke Khilari (The Chess Players, 1977), Ghare Baire (The Home and the World, 1984), Ganashatru (Enemy of the People, 1989), Shakha Proshakha (Branches of a Tree, 1990) and Agantuk (The Stranger, 1991). Ray also made several documentaries, including one on Tagore. In 1987, he made the documentary Sukumar Ray to commemorate the birth centenary of his father, perhaps Bengal’s most famous writer of nonsense verse and children’s books. Satyajit Ray won numerous awards for his films. Both the British Federation of Film Societies and the Moscow Film Festival Committee named him one of the greatest directors of the second half of the twentieth century. In 1992, he was awarded the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science and, in the sameyear, was also honoured with the Bharat Ratna.

 

Apart from being a film-maker, Satyajit Ray was a writer of repute. In 1961, he revived the children’s magazine Sandesh which his grandfather, Upendrakishore Ray, had started and to which his father used to contribute frequently. Satyajit Ray contributed numerous poems, stories and essays to Sandesh, and also published several books in Bengali, most of which became bestsellers. In 1978, Oxford University awarded him its DLitt degree.

 

Satyajit Ray died in Calcutta in April 1992.

 

Gopa Majumdar has translated several works from Bengali to English, the most notable of these being Ashapurna Debi’s Subarnalata, Taslirna Nasrin’s My Girlhood and Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay’s Aparajito, for which she won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2001. She has translated several volumes of Satyajit Ray’s short stories, a number of Professor Shonku stories and all of the Feluda stories for Penguin Books India. She is currently translating Ray’s cinematic writings for Penguin.

 

Contents

 

1.

Bonku Babu’s Friend

1

2.

The Pterodactyl’s Egg

10

3.

The Hungry Septopus

20

4.

The Small World of Sadananda

33

5.

Anath Babu’s Terror

42

6.

The Two Magicians

50

7.

Shibu and the Monster

58

8.

Patol Babu, Film Star

68

9.

Bipin Chowdhury’s Lapse of Memory

78

10.

The Vicious Vampire

84

11.

Indigo

91

12.

Pikoo’s Diary

100

13.

Ratan Babu and That Man

104

14.

Fritz

115

15.

Mr. Brown’s Cottage

122

16.

Mr. Eccentric

131

17.

Khagam

141

18.

Barin Bhowmick’s Ailment

152

19.

The Admirer

163

20.

Fotikchand

172

21.

Ashamanja Babu’s Dog

212

22.

Load Shedding

222

23.

The Class Friend

228

24.

Sahadev Babu’s Portrait

235

25.

A Strange Night for Mr Shasmal

242

26.

Pintu’s Grandfather

248

27.

Big Bill

453

28.

The Attic

263

29.

Bhuto

270

30.

Stranger

279

31.

The Maths Teacher, Mr. Pink and Tipu

288

32.

Spotlight

298

33.

Uncle Tarini and Betal

306

34.

Chameleon

315

35.

The Citation

326

36.

Sadhan Babu’s Suspicions

332

37.

Gagan Chowdhury’s Studio

339

38.

A Duel in Lucknow

348

39.

The Millionaire

354

40.

I Am a Ghost

361

41.

The Two Comedians

366

42.

A Dream Come True

372

43.

Nitai and the Holy Man

376

44.

Uncle Tarini, the Maharaja

381

45.

Anukul

388

46.

The Scarecrow

393

47.

Kutum-Katarn

398

48.

The Case of Mriganko Babu

402

49.

The Promise

407

 

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