Pulp fiction is one genre I don’t usually pick up let alone have a liking for it. But Arunava Sinha translated the best of Bengali pulp fiction in the book The Moving Shadow, published by Aleph Book Co. changed my perception towards this genre.
The book is divided into two parts – Crime Stories and Horror Stories. The book consists of eight stories by prominent Bengali authors. What caught my attention from the word go was the impeccable translation. It is a winning factor for me. The ease with which it is translated makes it appealing. Most importantly the translation doesn’t tamper the effect of the stories one bit!
Now coming to what I felt about each story.
Parashar Barma Makes A Bid by Parmendra Mitra
I liked how slowly this story creeps in your mind and stays with you.
The Moving Shadow by Swapan Kumar
The book is named after this story but I believe this was quite predictable story amongst the lot.
The Secret Agent by Vikramaditya
I think that the book should have been named after this story. It is a short novella in itself. And though it took me forever to complete this story it just blew my mind.
Copotronic Love by Muhammed Zafar Iqbal
I loved reading this story. All I can say about this story is that it was perhaps the inspiration behind one of the most lauded sci-fi films starring Rajinikanth.
Bhuto by Satyajit Ray
It was unique to read about ventriloquism. And Ray is a master in weaving stories so it’s not surprising that I loved reading this one.
The Moon Is Back by Adrish Bardhan
A sci-fi horror story, this was a first for me. It was amazing the way it is woven.
Saradindu And This Body by Gobindolal Bandyopadhyay
This story was quite predictable but it was a satisfying read.
Foreshadowed by Bhabani Mukhopadhyay
This is perhaps the shortest story amongst the lot but with an impactful climax.
Overall, the book was a pleasant change. I would surely recommend it to all the pulp fiction lovers.
Publishers: Aleph Book Co.
Available on: Amazon, Flipkart, In-store