I find Amazon’s email recommendations to be a bit hit and miss, but I was sent one yesterday that was spot on.
It trailed The Essential Tagore, a forthcoming omnibus of the Bengali poet, novelist, playwright and all round polymath.
Compiled by the University of Dhaka’s Professor of English Fakrul Alam and Radha Chakravarty, Associate Professor of English at Gargi College at the University of Delhi, it aims to cover quite a bit of ground.
Over 864 pages it aims to provide a representative sampling of Tagore’s poetery, songs, autobiographical works, letters, travel writings, prose, novels, short stores, humourous pieces and plays.
It will also include a selection of works Tagore originally composed in English, his translations of his own works, three poems omitted from the published version of the English Gitanjali, and examples of his artwork.
Among the translations contributed for the omnibus are ones from Amitav Ghosh, Amit Chaudhuri, and Sunetra Gupta.
Coincidentally, I tweeted a link to a Times of India story that details Tagore’s connection to not just the Indian and Bangladeshi national anthems, which is pretty well known, but also to the Sri Lankan one.
The link in the above tweet picture is clickable if you want to read the story, and you can follow me on Twitter at @tangleofwires.