Fyataru and Subaltern War Cries: Nabarun Bhattacharya and the Rebirth of the Subject

Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha


Nabarun Bhattacharya, the radical literary voice of Bengal demonstrates notions of dissidence and aesthetic Bolshevism. His fictive dissenting subjects, the fyatarus typify rebellious roles in a post-ideological era when complicity and conformity are rewarded as the norm. Nabarun`s  literary crusade interrogates the status quo and composes counter-currents of subjectivities. As a revolutionary saboteur he redefined the mode of subaltern representation by scripting the prose of counter insurgency through literature. The present excursus pays homage to this noted maverick writer of dissidence and attempts an analysis of the singularity of Nabarun`s fictional domain with specific references to some of his best known fictional works which constitute and explicate his prototypical subaltern anti-heroes such as fyatarus and Choktars who emerge as brilliant metaphorisation of dissent and disgust at our contemporary socio-political praxis. While the popular literary trends of the day have colluded with the hegemonic narrative of global capital that prevents the litterateur to coronate revolutionary anarchism or insurgency, Nabarun has consistently caused epistemic tremors through his overt advocacy of radical violence and systemic change.


Keywords: Nabarun Bhattacharya; Author as Saboteur; Subaltern; radical    violence; literary Bolshevism.

Full Text:



Bhattacharya, Nabarun. Herbert. Kolkata: Dey`s Publishing, 1993. Print.

Fyatarur Bombachak O Onnanno, Hoogly: Saptarshi Prokashan, 2004. Print.

Lubdhak, Barasat: Abhijan Publishers, 2006. Print.

Ei Mrityu Upotyoka Aamaar Desh Na, Hooghly: Saptarshi, 2004. Print.

Kaangaal Maalshaat, Hooghly: Saptarshi Prakashan, 2013 edition. Print.

Goh, Irving, The Reject: Community, Politics and Religion after the Subject. New York: Fordham University Press, 2015. Print.

Rancière, Jacques. The Politics of Aesthetics. London: Continuum, 2006. Print.

Dissensus on Politics and Aesthetics. London, Continuum, 2010. Print.

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. An Aesthetic Education in the Era of Globalization. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012. Print.

-,"Subaltern Studies: Deconstructing Historiography." In Subaltern Studies IV. Ed.Ranajit Guha. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1985. Print.


  • There are currently no refbacks.