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Book Translation by Hans Harder

Dec 24, 2014

Prof. Dr. Hans Harder translated one of the most successful books in recent years from Bengal, India, into German. The novel "Herbert -  Ein Kalkutta-Roman" (Herbert, a Kolkata novel) by Nabarun Bhattacharya has been published by Draupadi Verlag Heidelberg.

The book is the debut novel of the Bengali author Nabarun Bhattacharya and was first published in 1994. It received many literary prizes in India and became one of the most famous books in the past decades. In 2005, Suman Mukhopadhyay made a same-named film of the story which was also highly recognised. Now, Prof. Hans Harder translated the book from Bengali for a German audience.

The novel tells the life story of Herbert Sarkar from the lower middle-class in Kolkata. After having mystical visions he believes that he can make a connection into the hereafter and offers "conversations with the dead". With this business model he clashes with the rationalistic society.

The book "Herbert - Ein Kalkutta-Roman" has been published by Draupadi Verlag Heidelberg in 2014.

Hans Harder is professor of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures at the South Asia Institute Heidelberg and member of the Cluster's research projects MC2 "Sufism" and MC4 "Frames".


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