Book Review: The Nemesis by Manoranjan Byapari, Translated by V. Ramaswamy

An unrepentant narration of Jibon's survival story


Book Title: The Nemesis              
Manoranjan Byapari
Translated by:
V. Ramaswamy   
Published By:
Eka (Westland Books)

Book Review
The experiences of Dalits in India, especially the difficulties and injustices they encounter due to poverty and caste-based prejudice, are vividly described in Byapari’s works in a highly intimate and moving way. His writings offer a distinctive viewpoint on India’s social and political background, particularly the emergence of the Naxalite movement and ongoing fights for Dalit rights.

The Nemesis by Manoranjan Byapari, translated by V.Ramaswamy
The Nemesis by Manoranjan Byapari, translated by V.Ramaswamy

The Chandal Jibon Trilogy, which comprises The Runaway Boy (Chandal Jibon Trilogy – Book 1) and The Nemesis (Chandal Jibon Trilogy – Book 2), was written by Bengali author Manoranjan Byapari. Readers have given his novels favorable reviews.

The first part of Manoranjan Byapari’s semi-autobiographical Chandal Jibon trilogy, The Runaway Boy, has garnered excellent reviews. It portrays the narrative of Jibon, a newborn who arrives in a refugee camp in West Bengal in the arms of his Dalit parents, fleeing the Muslim-majority area. The trilogy has received appreciation for its exploration of dislocation and melancholy.

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East Pakistani immigrants who arrived in India in the late 1960s and early 1970s are the subject of the second book in the Chandal Jibon Trilogy, The Nemesis. It examines hunger without end, caste politics, poverty, and marginalization.

Twenty-year-old Jibon is a young guy who is battling hunger. He works as a chef for Naresh Thakur’s catering company, where he swiftly establishes a reputation for excellence. But he also has to deal with the stress of work during the wedding season and the good intentions of strangers, which may easily become evil.

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