About, Harbart, Out

About Harbart

By Nabarun Bhattacharya
Published in Bengali 1993
Published in English translation by Tranquebar Press, 2011

Harbart Sarkar, sole proprietor of a business that brings messages from the dead to their near and dear ones left behind on earth, is found dead in his room after a night of drinking with local young men. He has killed himself. Why? When he’s taken to the electric crematorium and placed in the furnace, lying on the same cot that he used to sleep on, the furnace explodes. As in his life, Harbart is a mystery in his death and after it. An extraordinary novella by the offbeat Bengali author Nabarun Bhattacharya.


Deccan Herald


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