My Kind of Girl

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Archipelago Books
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5.61 X 6.55 X 0.46 inches | 0.38 pounds

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About the Author

Buddhadeva Bose (1908-74), one of the most celebrated Bengali writers of the twentieth century, was a central figure in the Bengali modernist movement. Bose wrote numerous novels, short story collections, plays, essays, and volumes of poetry. He was also the acclaimed translator of Baudelaire, Hölderin, and Rilke into Bengali. Bose was awarded the prestigious Padma Bhushan in 1970.

Arunava Sinha has translated Mani Sankar Mukherji's Chowringhee and The Middleman, Moti Nandy's Striker Stopper, and is currently translating Buddhadeva Bose's magnum opus, Tithidore.


"This gentle, affecting novel is a thoroughly entertaining read, always feeling fresh as it moves from speaker to speaker. Each man reaches deep into his own memories to share youthful passions and vulnerabilities that, by the light of day and in any other circumstances, would have remained half-buried in the mists of time."
--Joseph Schrieber, Rough Ghosts

". . . Mellow and seductive . . . Just as Chekhov's characters are caught between up-to-date Western ways and retrograde Slavic manners, in the same way these colonial Indians are torn between an English forthrightness and a thoroughly Bengali muted sensuality"
--Edmund White

"It's just got the right feel . . . . At once innocent and overwhelmingly passionate, in the manner of first love . . . A novel of delicate ideas and nuances. To capture them with the right touch of lightness couldn't have been easy, yet Sinha does just that."

"A magical and totally entertaining volume--Sinha has caught Bose's dynamic and unfetted style admirably."
--India Today

"That My Kind of Girl--a classic modernist tale of four passengers stranded in a railway-station waiting room at night, recounting stories of lost loves - is engrossing is thanks not only to Sinha's abilities, but to the quality of Bose's narrative, which, unlike his earlier, Calcutta-based masterpiece, Tithidore (1949), inhabits a lighter, more Maupassant-like manner instead."
--Rosinka Chaudhari

". . . Bose's charming and chatty prose provides us with tales as entertaining as either of those of its predecessors. . . My Kind of Girl . . . is another fine addition to Archipelago's growing impressive list of world literature."
--Rain Taxi

"Masterful. . . . Superbly translated . . . Bose's remarkable talent of throwing his characters' voices and at the same time inhabiting their skin is on full display in this slim, moving book."
--Hindustan Times

"Wonderfully decadent. . . . [Written] with consummate mastery. . . . A gem of delight. . . . Bose stokes the embers of the story alive till the last page."
--Indian Express