Fever

Samaresh Basu

Fever

Samaresh Basu

Distributed for Seagull Books

Translated by Arunava Sinha
152 pages | 5 x 8 | © 2016
Cloth $21.00 ISBN: 9780857423962 Published November 2016 World sales rights except India
Ruhiton Kurmi has been in jail for seven years. Once a notorious Naxalite—a militant leftist revolutionary—he is now a withered shell; a man broken by police torture, racked with fevers and sores. The only way he can endure his life is by shutting out the past. But when Ruhiton is moved to a better jail and eventually freed, memories return to haunt him.

Ruhiton inevitably looks back upon his youth, his marriage, his home in the Himalayan foothills—and he remembers, too, the friends he has killed, the revolutionary colleagues he worked with, and the ideals he once believed in. Dark, powerful, and full of ambiguities, the classic novel Fever, originally written in Bengali in 1977, questions the human cost of revolution and its inevitable transience. A sensation in its time, it remains one of the greatest novels about the Naxalite movement. Fever is an intense look at the universality of militancy, violence, and civil war, and the power of revolutionary ideals to seduce young minds.
Review Quotes
Asian Review of Books
Fever is not a pleasant book; indeed, it can be so intense as to be exhausting. But it is one of the best novels . . . in a very long time. . . . The simplicity of the language (the translation by Sinha is fluent and natural) keeps the work accessible.”
Complete Review
“An impressive, tight novel of revolution and change, on both personal and societal levels.”
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