Etchings of the First Quarter of 2020, a book written by Mr Sabarna Roy, author of six critically acclaimed bestselling books, was launched by Ms Swastika Mukherjee, eminent and popular Actor. The book comprises a novella and a poem cycle.
The novella, in the background is an evolving dialogue between a step-father and a step-daughter, and in the foreground it is a dissection of ideas pivoted around dualism of human life by discussing literary characters like, Lolita, Humbert Humbert, Anna Karenina, and Nikhilesh; thought-leaders like Hegel, Marx, and Heisenberg; political phenomena like, the Bolshevik Revolution; schizophrenia, love as an idea, and the secret love story of T S Eliot; and ecological phenomena like, marine conservation, and all of has been written in a unique way – almost as if we are engaged in a conversation with the author, to make us realize the plurality of life and accepting it to find peace and harmony in life.
“The poem cycle is an anthology of 20 sharp-edged poems that excite and thrill the readers as one is encapsulated in the whirlwind of the confrontations between the poet and his alter-ego”, said Mr Sabarna Roy, Author.
Apart from the book launch the luminaries of Kolkata witnessed a unique audio-video presentation of Sabarna Roy’s Ballads from one of his earlier popular books, Pentacles, namely, The Tower and 2001-2002. This presentation done through graphical sketches within a cinematic idiom with corresponding texts from the Ballads cast a magical spell on the audience. Graphical poetry of such nature arguably is the first of its kind in the country.
The program was moderated by the popular Radio Jockey, Roy.
The book is priced at Rs 75 (on Kindle)/Rs 149 (Paperback Edition)/Rs 299 (Hardbound Edition) and is available in all the leading book stores across the country, and on all eBay transaction sites.
Sabarna Roy is a much-awarded, critically acclaimed bestselling author of 6 literary books: Pentacles; Frosted Glass; Abyss; Winter Poems; Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012 – 2018, and Etchings of the First Quarter of 2020. He is the lead author of a technical book, which has been published from the European Union and has been translated into 8 major European languages.
He has been awarded the Literoma Laureate Award in 2019, Literoma Star Achiever Award 2020, Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012 – 2018 won the best book of the year 2019, the A List Award for excellence in fiction by the NewsX Media House, Certificate for The Real Super Heroes for spreading a spirit of positivity and hope during the COVID-19 Pandemic from Forever Star India Award 2020, the Certificate for Participation in the Indo Russian Friendship Celebration 2020, and the Literoma Golden Star Award 2020: Lifetime Achievement.
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