Man Without A Navel

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Author

Hemant Divate

Imprint

Poetrywala

Publication Year

2018

Language

English

Edition

1

Binding

Hardcover

Pages

220

Translated by

Mustansir Dalvi, Dilip Chitre, Sarabjeet

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ISBN-13 : 9789382749738
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Hemant Divate writes of his world, of his everyday embedded-ment in it. A prisoner of his own reality, he is aware of his incarceration. Words are his sharpened spoons and knotted bed-sheets of possible escape, but instead they record his failures to do so, time after time. Each recourse in his product-laden, consumerist mall-fantasies are additional scratches on his prison walls where he marks his days measured out in poetry. His situation in Mumbai ? his Arthur Road, his Alcatraz in the twenty-first century allows him the use of every object at his disposal, every cultural signifier, every linguistic tic, just so long as he remains an inmate. Divate has always been conscious of his precedents. In his poetry and his writings, indeed in his choices as a publisher of new poetry he critiques the penchant for Marathi poets to rely on clich’s and sentimentality, crutches, he would say, that several poets have based their popularity on. In choosing to go beyond these tropes, he wanders into waters that are murky. Language has changed over the years, in this PoGo (post-globalised) world. Divate offers no leeway to those hanging on to the past. In both his themes and his voices, Hemant Divate roots himself in an authentic contemporary, allowing his translators neither distance nor objectivity, dragging them down with him into the dirty city he inhabits. Inevitably, Moriarty and Holmes must both go over the Reichenbach Falls. It remains to be seen who emerges to tell the tale.

About the author

Hemant Divate is a poet, editor, publisher and translator. He is the founder-editor of the Marathi little magazine Abhidhanantar, which was published uninterruptedly for 15 years. Abhidhanantar has been credited for providing a solid platform to new poets and for enriching the post-nineties Marathi literary scene. Divate is credited with changing the Marathi literary scene through Abhidhanantar and the Indian English poetry scene through his imprint Poetrywala. He is the author of six poetry collections in Marathi. Divate’s poems have been translated into French, Italian, Slovak, Japanese, Persian, Maltese, Serbian, Slovenian, Greek, Hindi and many Indian languages. In translation, he has a book each in Spanish, Irish, Arabic, German and Estonian apart from four in English. His poems figure in numerous anthologies in Marathi and English. The most significant among these are These My Words edited by Eunice de Souza and Melanie Silgardo, The Red Hen Anthology of Indian Poetry edited by Ravi Shankar and Sampurna Chattarji, 100 Great Poems in Indian languages from the Last 3000 Years edited by Abhay K Kumar, and Kavita Antologija Sodobne Indijske Poezije (Anthology of Indian Poetry in Slovenian translation) edited by Evald Flisar and K Satchidanandan. Divate has participated in numerous international poetry and literature festivals across the globe. His publishing house, Paperwall Media & Publishing, has published (under its imprint Poetrywala) more than 100 poetry collections. Hemant lives and works in Mumbai.

About the author

Hemant Divate is a poet, editor, publisher and translator. He is the founder-editor of the Marathi little magazine Abhidhanantar, which was published uninterruptedly for 15 years. Abhidhanantar has been credited for providing a solid platform to new poets and for enriching the post-nineties Marathi literary scene. Divate is credited with changing the Marathi literary scene through Abhidhanantar and the Indian English poetry scene through his imprint Poetrywala. He is the author of six poetry collections in Marathi. Divate’s poems have been translated into French, Italian, Slovak, Japanese, Persian, Maltese, Serbian, Slovenian, Greek, Hindi and many Indian languages. In translation, he has a book each in Spanish, Irish, Arabic, German and Estonian apart from four in English. His poems figure in numerous anthologies in Marathi and English. The most significant among these are These My Words edited by Eunice de Souza and Melanie Silgardo, The Red Hen Anthology of Indian Poetry edited by Ravi Shankar and Sampurna Chattarji, 100 Great Poems in Indian languages from the Last 3000 Years edited by Abhay K Kumar, and Kavita Antologija Sodobne Indijske Poezije (Anthology of Indian Poetry in Slovenian translation) edited by Evald Flisar and K Satchidanandan. Divate has participated in numerous international poetry and literature festivals across the globe. His publishing house, Paperwall Media & Publishing, has published (under its imprint Poetrywala) more than 100 poetry collections. Hemant lives and works in Mumbai.

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