Shadowland is the story of a doctor who seeks survival, sanity and justice after he is stripped of his right to a small piece of land in Kolkata suburb. Set against the backdrop of a degenerate Marxist regime in Bengal in the nineties, it's a compelling narrative of the doctor’s long battle with the powers-that-be, and a masterly portrait of contemporary India.

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About Mrinal Bose

I'm a fiction writer, columnist,and literary blogger based in Kolkata, India. My fiction and columns have appeared in The Pedestal Magazine, January magazine, suite and Future among many other online and print magazines. In real life, I'm a practicing physician, and when I'm not attending on my patient, I'm either contemplating fiction or writing it.

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Review by: Subhasish on March 10, 2012 : (no rating)
SHADOWLAND by Mrinal Bose depicts the travails of a doctor stuck and burnt out in a corrupt-to-the-core and no-room-for-human-values political and social system.

Like Dr. Ajoy Mitra, I also don’t have any house of my own. May be this is why I can relate to him just easily. His concern and foreboding for self, family and his patients touch a chord. His insight into moral and social degradations around him is refreshing.

I have enjoyed the book. I especially liked his use of colloquial Bengali terms which have made the novel very lively. Apart from some minor lapses, it is a great story. I think it will move anybody who cares to read it.
(reviewed 4 years after purchase)
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