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2.5  ·  Rating Details ·  4 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Word-Conjuring is a book translated from Bengali by the author. The name of the original Bengali title is 'Shabdoprokriyakoron'. When the original version came out in the Kolkata International Book Fair of 2008, it was received as quite unique a collection. Firstly because of the content and the format of the book. Secondly, there was a unique painting in each copy so that ...more
Paperback, 36 pages
Published February 4th 2008 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Belinda White
Apr 30, 2014 Belinda White rated it it was ok
Sometimes a haunting or beautiful turn of phrase in one language simply doesn't have the same impact or imagery in another. Unfortunately, that seems to be true with this book of “anti-poems”.

The only parts of this work that I truly understood were the author’s notes and the piece about the author and his writing. Those worked. (I’m guessing that they worked because they were written in English from the very start—not a translation.)

The author’s self stated goal was not to entertain, but to “hau
K.W. Benton
May 08, 2014 K.W. Benton rated it it was ok
I received this book in a review group. I read this twice trying to see if I could maybe relate to it in some way if I tried it again. It is very difficult to read for several reasons. 1)I am guessing some of the translation issues did not help adequately convey the author's voice. 2)The images that were clear were definitely vivid but seemed to be shocking just to shock. After the first blindingly graphic imagery it just lost its impact. 3)I had trouble with the flow. 4)I, as a reader, truly ...more
Scott Spotson
Jun 30, 2014 Scott Spotson rated it did not like it
I feel badly about giving this rating but it is the most fair one I can think of.

The author is of a different culture and language. It is most brave of him to present such a series of poems in the English language, one that is not his native language. However, he has a responsibility to have an English editor review it and give advice.

The poems may have been intended to shock the readers. But to be of shock value, the writing has to be brilliant and resonate with us as to how conventional norms
Anamitra Roy
Aug 06, 2016 Anamitra Roy rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
If you would like to review this book, let me know. I'll be more than happy to email you a free e-book version
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Open to the absurdities of universe and ready to accept the insignificance of existence. I do what I believe, but the thing is belief keeps on changing with experiences. Initially I was a poet-writer writing in alternative magazines in West Bengal, India. Then I turned into a filmmaker which became my initial identity for a lot of people. In between, I have been in a relationship that defined me. ...more
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