A Long Shadow and A Sleeping Cat – Short Stories (Translated from Bengali)

Amar Mitra
Buy A Long Shadow and A Sleeping Cat - Short Stories by Amar Mitra, translated by Moulinath Goswami. Amar Mitra is the winner of O Henry Prize for Short Fiction 2022.


A Long Shadow and A Sleeping Cat - Short Stories (Translated from Bengali)
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A Long Shadow and A Sleeping Cat – Short Stories
Amar Mitra
Translated by Moulinath Goswami

ISBN: 978-93-92281-78-5
Published: December 2023
Pages: 312
Binding: Paperback
Published by: Virasat Art Publications

He stepped into the garret with his father. There, sitting before the hurri-cane lantern, father had said to him, “I will be happy if you win.”

“But I don’t know how to play!”

“Let me teach you. First, get familiar with the cards.”

That was one incredible game! He had this intense desire that father should win. He would be happy if his father won. However, the man made him understand that a father always wanted to lose to his son.

“No daddy, it’s obvious I would always want to see you win.”

“I’ve lost to everyone all my life. Why would I want to win against my son?”

Sitting on the terrace and staring at the sky, he used to listen to his father, and to the annals of his defeats. People lose because of their impaired brains.



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About the Author

Born on the 30th of August 1951, in village Dhulihar, near Satkhira, Bangladesh, he is regarded as one of the doyens of the contemporary literary field of short stories and novels. His first short story was published in 1974. Since then he has been writing about the lives and times of people, both urban and rural, where dreams die no sooner than they are born. Land has always been his leitmotif. His stories speak of separation, not only from one's own motherland but also from one's homestead, of familial bonds, and more importantly, a parting from the various periods in time.

He has receiveed many awards, the most prominent being Sahitya Akademi Award for Dhrubaputra in 2006, Bankim Puraskar from the Government of West Bengal for Aswacharit in 2001, among others.

He was awarded with 2022 O'Henry Prize for his short story, The Old Man of Kusumpur. His novel Dhanpatir Char has been translated into English (Whatever Happened to Pedru's Island,) from Penguin Random House.