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"The Essential Tagore "showcases the genius of India s Rabindranath Tagore, the first Asian Nobel Laureate and possibly the most prolific and diverse serious writer the world has ever known.

Marking the 150th anniversary of Tagore s birth, this ambitious collection the largest single volume of his work available in English attempts to represent his extraordinary achievement
Hardcover, 855 pages
Published April 15th 2011 by Belknap Press
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Megha Suswaram
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Except the poetry. Everything else was well translated!!!
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This prolific author is fascinating! There is one story that stays with me more than others "The punishment" About an Indian man who accuses his wife of a murder, only because he wants to save his brother. The key of the story is that he loves his wife with all his heart, but when he has to make a decision in a split second, all the education behind him charges its toll: "a woman is disposable, a brother isn't". It is so horrible to think that the young men of that book were educated in such a w ...more
Jasmine Koh
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This tome contains Tagore's letters, essays, poems, short stories and plays. I only read the essays, but they were truly sublime, with so many rich metaphors conveying deep truths.

"To the fledging bird flight in the sky may appear incredible. They may with apparent reason measure the highest limit of their possibilities by the limited standard of their nests. But, in the meanwhile, they find that their food is not grown inside those nests, it is brought to them across the measureless blue. There
Kawsar Zidan
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book carries very deep and philosophical meanings between its lines. Tagore’s short stories are amazing and they are somehow to force reading them. Tagore will be forever remembered for his inspiration on the world literature.. I definitely recommend this book!
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great translations.
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Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 "because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West."

Tagore modernised Bengali art by spurning rigid classical forms and resisting linguistic strictures. His novels, stories, songs, dance-dramas, and ess

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