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By Bankimcandra Chatterji, Julius J. Lipner

ISBN-10: 0195178572

ISBN-13: 9780195178579

ISBN-10: 0195178580

ISBN-13: 9780195178586

ISBN-10: 0198039719

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It is a translation of a traditionally very important Bengali novel. released in 1882, Chatterji's Anandamath helped create the ambience and the symbolism for the nationalist move resulting in Indian independence in 1947. It includes the well-known hymn Vande Mataram ("I revere the Mother"), which has develop into India's authentic nationwide music. Set in Bengal on the time of the famine of 1770, the radical displays tensions and oppositions inside Indian tradition among Hindus and Muslims, ruler and governed, indigenous humans and overseas overlords, jungle and city, Aryan and non-Aryan, celibacy and sexuality. it really is either a political and a spiritual paintings. by means of recreating the previous of Bengal, Chatterji was hoping to create a brand new current that concerned a brand new interpretation of the previous. Julius Lipner not just presents the 1st whole and passable English translation of this significant paintings, yet offers an in depth advent contextualizing the unconventional and its cultural and political historical past. additionally incorporated are notes supplying the Bengali or Sanskrit phrases for yes phrases, in addition to explanatory notes for the really good lay reader or student.

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The fourth edition appeared in the same year, December 20, 1886. There is some doubt as to whether any changes at all were made in this edition. It had a print run of 2,000 copies. The fifth and last edition had important changes. On November 21, 1892, 1,000 copies were printed. The present translation is from the text of this fifth edition (which I have called the standard edition). I have recorded what I have adjudged to be the noteworthy changes that the text has undergone from the serial version to the last edition in the critical apparatus after the translation, under the heading Variants.

The second edition, with further changes, came out on July 20, 1883. The third edition, virtually a replica of the second edition so far as the text of the novel is concerned, was published on April 15, 1886. Both the second 58 AMcb argues that the appellation santa¯n in the novel was derived from the use of the term in the translation into Bengali of the original Marathi accounts written by Phadke (28). Another possible source for the use of this important term in the novel presents itself, however.

58 On the whole, AMcb makes an interesting case, more plausible in some respects than in others. It is not our purpose to review the matter in detail. Bankim may well have been influenced, indeed inspired, by several features of Phadke’s life. But such things are not surprising in the writing of a novel where history has an elusive role to play—both the history of the past and a reinvented history for the future. Many disparate factors can play a part in the construction of such a novel. In other words, Bankim remained free to fashion his imagined world on the basis of circumstantial clues.

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