An interview with Ketaki Datta

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Elisabetta Marino
Ketaki Datta
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Ketaki Datta is an Associate Professor of English at Bidhannagar College, Kolkata; a novelist, a critic and a translator. She wrote her PhD thesis on Tennessee Williams, which she published in 2011 under the title The Black and Nonblack Shades of Tennessee Williams (Bookworld, Kolkata). Among her accomplishments as an editor, the following volumes deserve mention: Indo-Anglian Literature: Past to Present (Booksway, Kolkata, 2008), New Literatures in English (Bookworld, Kolkata, 2011), and Sahitya Akademi Award-winning English Collections: Critical Overviews and Insights (Authorspress, New Delhi, 2014). Her translation from Bengali of Paadi (The Voyage) by Jarasandha (the pen name of Charu Chandra Chakraverty) was published in 2008 (Booksway, Kolkata), while her translation of Shesh Namaskar by Santosh Kumar Ghosh (Shesh Namaskar = The Last Salute) was released in 2013 (Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi). Her articles and translations have been published in various international journals, and her poems are featured in Brian Wrixon’s anthology (Canada).  Her debut novel, A Bird Alone (Sarup Books, New Delhi, 2009) has been highly commended by the reviewer of Dorrance Publishing Co. (USA), besides being positively reviewed by Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi), the Telegraph, and the Sunday Statesman (India).
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