Journey to the East
MaryAnn and BiJon Sarma
Published in 2001
Subcontinental writers are producing scores of worthwhile fiction in the recent decades. Most of those fiction writers are immigrated to different American or European countries. A huge number of these writers are of Indian base, some are of Pakistani base and rarely we get someone from Srilanka or Nepal. The case of Bangladesh in this regards is almost insignificant. English fiction from Bangladeshi writers is really a rarity. The name of BiJon Sarma (b. 1949), whose prolific exposition is only a question of time, will be cited as an encouraging example in the arena of English novels of this region very shortly. Most of the subcontinental fiction may be categorized in the group of deliberating domestic stories. R.K. Narayan’s omnibus, most of the novels of Raja Rao, Bharati Mukherjee are the well known examples of this category. Domestic realism has been the main theme of those ones excepting some of Salman Rushdie etc. Some novelists have also emerged there with feministic views. The last decade experienced a new trend - Partition Fiction. Bapsi Sidhwa’s Cracking India (or Ice-Candy-Man), Shauna Singh Baldwin’s What the Body Remembers, Mukul Kesavan’s Looking Through Glass, or Manju Kapur’s Difficult Daughters are the recent successors of Khushwant Singh’s Train to Pakistan or Anita Desai’s Clear Light of Day. Pangs of migrated subcontinental people in American states have also been a poignant seed of many subcontinental novels. But BiJon Sarma’s focus hovers over something else - the decadence of western civilization and comparison of it with the eastern one. BiJon Sarma’s first novel is Mollika Aamar Chandramollika (2000) published in Bangla. The two English novels of him that have been published in online from Canada are Journey to the East (2001) and Drumline Migration (2002). His other three English novels that are in the pipeline of...
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