Saradindu Bandyopadhyaya

Menagerie & other Byomkesh Bakshi Mysteries

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An irresistible volume for crime fiction enthusiasts When, in 1932, Saradindu Bandyopadhyay decided to try his hand at detective fiction—looked down upon in Bengali literary circles of that time as frivolous ventures—he scarcely expected Byomkesh Bakshi to become one of the most popular and enduring creations in Bengali literature. Although largely modelled on such greats as Conan Doyle's Holmes and Chesterton's Father Brown, Byomkesh's appeal as the self-styled inquisitor, a detective not by profession but by passion, found him a dedicated following among generations of readers. The present collection of stories, all set in Calcutta of the fifties and sixties, brings together four mysteries that put the sleuth's remarkable mental agility to the ultimate test. In The Menagerie (adapted by master film-maker Satyajit Ray for his 1967 film Chiriakhana) Byomkesh cracks a strange case involving broken motor parts, a seemingly natural death and the peculiar inhabitants of…
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