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Fever Description Ruhiton Kurmi has been in jail for seven years Once a notorious Naxalite he is now a withered shell; a man broken by torture racked with fevers and sores The only way he can endure his life is by shutting out the past But when Ruhiton is moved to a better jail and eventually freed memories return to haunt him He looks back upon his youth his marriage his home in the Terai foothills—and he remembers too the friends he has killed the revolutionary colleagues he made and the ideals he once believed inDark powerful and full of ambiguities the classic Mahakaler Rather Ghoda 1977 uestions the human cost of revolution and its inevitable transience A sensation in its time it remains one of the greatest novels about the Naxalite movement

About the Author: Samaresh Basu

KalkutHe would in later days recall the deep impressions that the Brata kathas fantastic folk tales recited by women while performing certain religious rites narrated by his mother left on him as a child His adolescent years were spent in Naihati a suburb of Kolkata in West Bengal His life was rich with varied experiences At one point he used to hawk eggs from a basket carried on his head; later he worked for meager daily wages From 1943 through 1949 he worked in an ordnance factory in Ichhapore He was an active member of the trade union and the Communist Party for a period and was jailed for during 1949 50 when the party was declared illegal While in jail he wrote Uttarangahis first published novel Soon after his release from the jail he began to write professionally refusing to join the factory even when offered his old jobWhen he was only 21 he wrote his first novel Nayanpurer Mati later published in Parichay it was never published as a book Adab was his first short story published in Parichay in 1946A prolific writer with than 200 short stories and 100 novels including those written under the aliases Kalkut and Bhramar Samaresh Basu is a major figure in Bangla fiction His life experiences populated his writings with themes ranging from political activism to working class life to sexuality Two of his novels had been briefly banned on charges of obscenity The case against one of these Prajapati Bangla

9 thoughts on “Fever

  1. Ritika Ritika says:

    An insight into the life of a sharecropper turned Naxalite revolutionary Most of the works I have come across discusses the revolution from the students' point of view so it was already richer for the alternative viewpoint I was also fascinated by the discussion on caste and class relationships in rural Bengal as well as its insight into Santhal households Pity I had to resort to a translation instead of the original Bengali but it is what it is

  2. Paulami Paulami says:

    Mahakaler Rother Ghoda a phrase in Bengali or Fever is a piece of fiction which narrates a story set in the post Naxal naxalbari The title which literally translates to 'Horse to the Chariot of Time' signifies the chariot which becomes not only a vehicle of time but also of relentless annihilation We witness Ruhiton a broken shell of a man who works as a metaphor for the historical situation The english title 'Fever' works as a symbolic feature which signifies the decay and despair that Ruhiton is haunted withMy only regret is that I should have read it in the original The translation is good but you don't feel the atmosphere that surrounds the narrative It is a novella of 130 pages and is written in simple yet effective style I gave it a 355

  3. Manab Manab says:

    অসমাপ্ত বই নিয়া আসলে ঠিক কোন্‌ জায়গায় দাঁড়ায়ে কথা বলতে হয় কে জানে। আমি জয়েসের পোর্ট্রেট পড়ার পর এই বইয়ে প্রথম দেখলাম বাংলায় ইন্ডিরেক্ট থার্ড পারসন আনতে।গ্রামার বাদ দেই।বইটা ভালো। অনেক জায়গায় মনে হইতে নেয় লেখক মরালিস্ট কিন্তু এগুলি আসলে বুলুরমোমের বিষয়টা খুবই ধাক্কা দিছিলো।অন্যরকম লেখার ধাঁচ প্রজাপতি বিবর এর চেয়েও অনেক বেশি অন্যরকম। শেষ হলে কেমন হইত জানি না।পড়তে হয় না পড়লে মিস করতে হয়।


    'সেই জায়গাটার নাম এখন দুনিয়া জানে। তরাইয়ের মেচি নদীর বালুচর থেকে ঝোরার গা বেয়ে উঁচুতে উঠে যাওয়া বন ঘেরা অঞ্চল। সেই জায়গাটার মতো দুনিয়া এখন রুহিতন কুরমির নামটাও জানে'বইটি শেষ করার পর কিছুক্ষণ অব্দি এক অদ্ভুত আবেশে আচ্ছন্ন হয়ে ছিলাম। সমরেশ বসুর লেখা অন্যতম সেরা উপন্যাস বলা চলে এটিকে। নকশাল আন্দোলনের পটভূমিতে রচিত বইয়েরযদিও নকশাল আন্দোলনের পুঙ্খানুপুঙ্খ বিবরণ এতে পাবেন না প্রতিটি পাতা আপনাকে জিজ্ঞেস করবে বেঁচে থাকার কঠিন প্রশ্ন।এ গল্প রুহিতন কুর্মির গল্পতার তরাইয়ের জঙ্গল থেকে কলকাতার জেলখানা যাত্রার গল্প ভালোবাসা বিশ্বাসঘাতকতার দোলাচলের গল্প। যদিও বর্তমান যুগে নকশাল আন্দোলনকে ফ্যান্টাসীর চোখে দেখাটা একটা ট্রেন্ডলেখকও কোন কোন ক্ষেত্রে সেটা হালকা ভাবে বুঝিয়ে দিয়েছেন তবুও বলব তৎকালীন সমাজজীবনের একটা সুস্পষ্ট ছায়াছবি একেঁছেন সমরেশ বাবু এটাই তার কৃতিত্ব।

  5. Tim Green Tim Green says:

    An interesting and powerful novella There is a lot of literature focusing on revolutionary figures but what makes this story uniue is it focusses little on the revolution itself but rather the after affects as our protagonist reflects on his life whilst on prison switching between the now and then

  6. Aman Aman says:

    The great Naxalite Novel written at back of the cover convince me to pick this bookThis book draws inspiration from the Naxalbari uprising which was mainly led by local tribals and the radical communist leaders of BengalRuhiton Kurmi the protagonist of the plot is one of the notorious Naxalite setenced for unknown periodEven Ruhiton Kurmi has no idea of his sentence period will he ever be released or going to die in hell?The Fever will take you to Ruhiton's personal social and political life which will leave a deep impact on you It uestions the human cost of revolutionHow a revolution takes each and everything a revolutionary possess his family children friends society each and everyone of them Even at one point of time his family denied to accept him and was forced to live in segregation because of a disease he carries with him If one have even a slight greed to know the life of a victim as prisoner after revolt and uprising must hold Fever in their hands As uprisings and movements are sensitivity observed till it is in public domain No one gives attention to it aftermath but this book will take you through every single pain they witness

  7. Sneha Sneha says:

    This is potent literature packaged in deceptively simple language I wish I could have read it in Bengali but I'm thankful Arunav Sinha translated it for us anyway This is the third of a series of books I've read about Naxalism and while it pales in scope compared to the Lives of Others or in depth compared to the Lowland it offers a beautiful glimpse of the post Naxal Naxalbari The book for the large part is a metaphor You'll find yourself constantly zooming in and out of the narrative to get a grip on what the author's trying to tell you It's a uick read with less than 130 pages in the edition I bought but be prepared for your reading to be peppered with long walks and smoke breaks It demands that degree of introspection

  8. Soham Chakraborty Soham Chakraborty says:

    The weakest Samaresh Basu book that I have read so far For Basu's political writings Shekal Chhera Hater Khonje and Khandita are highly recommended

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