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5.1 X 7.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.3 pounds

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About the Author
Nabarun Bhattacharya (1948-2014) was a prominent Bengali writer who enjoyed cult following in his lifetime and beyond. A journalist from 1973 to 1991 at a foreign news agency, he gave up that career to become a full-time writer. Novelist and short-story writer, he was also a prolific poet.
SUNANDINI BANERJEE is the chief editor and senior designer of Seagull Books.
Bhattacharya occupies an uneasy place in the pantheon of Bengali greats--celebrated, disillusioned, and most subversive.
An astonishing novel, zany, terrifying, and liberating in equal measure, by a writer who was a visionary.--Siddharta Deb
What is needed [now] is a kind of novel that attends to how society is being organized by certain vested interests; a novel that goes to the heart--rather, goes for the jugular--of the economic system itself. Harbart is prophetic of this tradition to come.
Harbart is a haunted man--a victim-participant in the forward march of capitalism and of the impetus to assign significance to the pointlessness and chaos of material existence. Banerjee's acrobatic translation is both enormously fun and true to the radical content.-- (06/17/2019)
A remarkable resurrection, one that erupts full-blooded, alive with laughter, stink and rage.--John Domini (07/22/2019)
Harbart reads like Rainer Maria Rilke's Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge set in Calcutta. Featuring a young man with an open channel to the dead who drinks and grieves to excess, it is a mosaic of manic and immersive episodes. It is a spinning drunken stumble through a city that feels menacingly sensual.-- (06/03/2019)