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The Life of Bhupi Sherchan : Poetry and Politics in Post-Rana Nepal - Michael Hutt

The Life of Bhupi Sherchan

Poetry and Politics in Post-Rana Nepal

Hardcover

Published: 30th September 2010
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This book chronicles the life of the well-known Nepali poet, Bhupi Sherchan (1935-1989). Belonging to a minority ethnic group, the Thakali, Bhupi's life resembles a passage through a series of archetypes: the sharp-dressed son of a wealthy trader, the firebrand revolutionary student, the litterateur moving from one literary function to the next, the author of grandly ironic poetry, the angst-ridden sleepless soul, the heavy-drinking socialite and raconteur, the tragic invalid ...

Closely interwoven with the social, cultural, and political milieu of the region, Bhupi Sherchan's poems are perhaps the most popular in Nepali literature. Many Nepali readers identify with their themes--- recognizing their country as a land of hearsay and rumour (`This is a Land of Hearsay and Rumour'), feeling that sometimes `life stinks like the sweat in an armpit' (`Midday and the Cold Sleep'), and suffering from being `bitten by rupees all day, bitten by fleas all night' (`My Courtyard').

Along with first-hand accounts from Bhupi Sherchan's family and close friends, this volume includes around 60 poems translated by Michael Hutt and over 40 rare photographs of the poet and his family, friends, and associates. The book looks at the poet, his work and his milieu, and provides rare insights into the close interaction between literature and politics in post-Rana and Panchayat-period Nepal. Inspiring and thought-provoking, this book will be useful for students and scholars of literature, translation studies, politics, and cultural studies, and will also interest general readers.

PREFACE INTRODUCTION; 1. Thak Khola, the Thakalis and the Sherchans; 2. Hitman Subba's Wayward Son; 3. So Here in my Courtyard; 4. In the Shadow of Machapuchare; 5. A Blind Man on a Revolving Chair; 6. On your Lips I See a Proposal; 7. Long Live Birendra!; 8. Living's Much Harder o Bibliography; POEMS A NEW JHYAURE SONG O WOMAN O THE FLOWER AND THE THORN O A NEW SCALE O THE HISTORY OF DARKNESS O AN AUTUMN SCENE FROM A WINDOW O MY COURTYARD O THE CANDLE FLAME O ALWAYS ALWAYS IN MY DREAM O WE O MY COUNTRY O MIDDAY AND THE COLD SLEEP O MY COUNTRY'S HISTORY SEEMS WRONG TO ME O A BLIND MAN ON A REVOLVING CHAIR O THE CLOCKTOWER O A BANYAN IN A POT O THE DREAMS OF MY PAST O OH MOON!; O IN MEMORY OF THE MARTYRS O POKHRA O LETTER TO HO-CHI-MINH O THIS IS A LAND OF HEARSAY AND RUMOUR O SUN WITHOUT FEVER, SKY WITHOUT BURNING, LAKE OF CONTENTMENT O NEW ROAD AT DUSK: A FESTIVAL OF LIFE O NEW YEAR O UNDER A FALLING HILLSIDE O TO THE CHILDREN OF QUAILS, PARTRIDGES AND SACRIFICIAL BUFFALOES O BHAIRAHAWA O A POEM O A DOVE OF TWO DELICATE WHITE HANDS: YOUR NAMASTE O COLD ASHTRAY O A CURSED HOUSE O ME O NIGHT, KATHMANDU, DAWN O MONKEYS OF THE COLD WAR O BEDSIDE LAMP O A CRUEL BLOW AT DAWN O A LIFE WITHOUT HONOUR O FROM AN EMPTY BED O MY LIFE LIKE A MOUNTAIN PASTURE O 'BHUPI' SHERCHAN; O THE MONTH OF ASAR O ON LIFE'S DARK STREET O MY FRIENDS O A KISS O A QUESTION O A NEW STORY FROM THE OLD HOUSE OF A POOR MAN O SCOTCH WHISKY AND THE BLOOD BANK O LIFE! O ? O BELIEVE: THAT DREAM WILL SURELY BE FULFILLED O THE MEMORY OF A DEAD DEAF-MUTE O A RESOLUTION O TO BE A POET O DEMOCRACY DAY O PERHAPS O LOOKING FOR SNAKES O WHEN NIGHT FALLS O LONG LIVE BIRENDRA!

ISBN: 9780198068273
ISBN-10: 0198068271
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 30th September 2010
Publisher: OUP India
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.9  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.4