Found in translation

Kunwar Narain, now in his 80's, is one of the most well known and widely read poets in Hindi. Starting with his first collection of poems entitled Chakravyooh (1956) he has written a number of books of poetry, fiction, literary criticism. He has also translated the poetry of Cavafy, Borges, Mallarme, and Walcott among others into Hindi.

A Sahitya Akademi awardee, his own work has not been widely translated into English- till now. This year Rupa have brought out No Other World, a bilingual volume of around a hundred selected poems of Kunwar Narain translated into English by his son Apurva.

The Little Magazine had published his poem "A strange problem" which begins*
I have a strange problem these days —
The power to hate with all my heart
Is ebbing by the day

and gives a glimpse into why he has been called "a predominantly meditative poet [who dwells] on the present through the prism of myth and history, and and as a writer whose work reveals a twentieth century sensibility in its anguish as well as its resourcefulness’.

No other world is newly in our Poetry section. Rs 395. Hardcover, 300 pages. ISBN: 9788129113733

*Translated into English by Pratik Kanjilal.

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