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Relapse, the Consequences of Love: A Novel

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AuthorSrikant Verma (Translated by Krishna Baldev Vaid)
Published LanguageEnglish
Publication Year2018
PublisherSpeaking Tiger
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A stunning, unusual story of jealousy and desire, of love lost and found again

A man comes home to find a note from Bindo—his estranged lover—asking to meet. Everything about Bindo angers him—her beauty, pride and poise; the sexual attraction she continues to exert upon him. He recognizes in himself again the agonizing jealousy which had forced her to leave him. And he fears her uncanny ability to pierce the barriers he has erected around himself.

Yet the two meet—in each other’s houses, in restaurants and parks across Delhi—still attracted to each other but haunted by their past, still inflicting pain, locked in a battle of doomed love. But when, after a drunken evening, he wakes up in Bindo’s bed, at her feet, he finds himself stripped of all ego, and helpless.

Bold and ahead of its time, Relapse is an intense exploration of physical and emotional desire and the inscrutable ways of men and women in love. A compact love story of visceral impact, and a portrait of Delhi that now exists only in memory, Relapse is a modern classic.

About the author
Srikant Verma was a novelist, short-story writer, journalist and literary critic, but he is best known as one of the most significant poets in modern Hindi poetry. His most famous poetic work is Magadh, for which he received the Sahitya Akademi Award. Other works include the poetry collections Bhatka Megh, Maya Darpan and Jalsaghar; collections of short stories Jhadi and Samvad; a travelogue Apollo Ka Rath; and a book of interviews, Beeswin Sadi Ke Andhere Mein. A part of the Indian National Congress, he was also a Member of Parliament for almost a decade. Shrikant Verma died in 1986.Krishna Baldev Vaid (translator) is a noted Hindi playwright, novelist and short-story writer. He is also an academic who taught English at various Indian and American universities before retiring from the State University of New York. A prolific writer, his books include the novels Uska Bachpan, Ek Naukrani Ki Diary, Guzara Hua Zamana and Nar Nari; the plays Mona Lisa Ki Muskaan, Bhookh Aag Hai and Pariwar Akhada; and the short-story collections Mera Dushman, Bodhisatva ki Biwi and Pita Ki Parchhaiyan. His work has been translated into Japanese, Polish, German, Russian, Italian as well as several Indian languages.

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