Author- Mrinal Chatterjee
About Author- Mrinal Chatterjee writes fiction in Odia and academic papers in English. His first short-story collection Orissa O Ananya Galpa was published in 1991. Up until early 2017, he had six novels, seven short-story collections and four anthologies published. He also translates works from Bengali, English, Hindi and Gujarati to Odia. A journalist-turned media academician, Chatterjee presently heads Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Dhenkanal, Odisha.
Description- What happens when a clone of Yamraj, the Lord of Death, gets emotional and upsets the power structure in Devlok, the realm of Gods? Yamraj Number 5003 is the story of one of the thousands of cloned Yamrajs in Mrityuloka. The Yamrajs are supposed to carry out their duties like robots, but by some fluke one Yamraj code-named #5003 has a manufacturing defect by which he can think and feel, making him different . He begins to question the status quo, shaking the very foundation of the power structure in Devlok, making the divine trinity Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar jittery. What happens when they decide to take action against the erring Yamraj? Woven with humour, this multilayered novel will move the readers as well as entertain them. Originally published in Odia and translated into Assamese, this hugely popular novel is being published in English for the first time. KEY SELLING POINTS A novel to make you laugh, cry and think all at the same time. An engrossing and humorous tale in a mythological set-up. Told in the Panchatantra style of story within a story format, the novel raises fundamental questions about power, love and rule of law. A satire on our increasingly emotionally void existence in modern-day society. The book has done exceptionally well in Odia and received critical acclaim. This is the first time it has been translated into English.
- Paperback: 140 pages
- Publisher: Rupa Publications; Translated by Thirumoy Banerjee edition (February 28, 2018)
- Language: English
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