Looking for an Address
Nabaneeta Dev Sen
translated from the Bengali by
Chhanda Chattopadhyay Bewtra
Cover: Dipankar Ghosh
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Set in the 1990’s New York, when Rudy Giuliani was the
Mayor and Bill Clinton was the President, Looking for an
Address explores the lives of several South Asian Bengali
men and women from both Bangladesh and India, and their
interactions with ‘native born Americans’ like Gloria, Joshua,
With her keen power of observation, Nabaneeta Dev Sen
(‘Sahitya Akademi Awards’, 1999, 2019) depicts in this novel
with touching sensitivity the intersection of the immigrants’
lives in New York as they search for their individual ‘addresses’.
The notion of address gradually expands beyond the physical
to embrace ‘refuge’ from racial disparity in case of Gloria
and the ‘ideal of love’ in case of Benjamin and Jhilli, a young
woman from Kolkata who came to New York.
The translator, Dr. Chhanda Chattopadhyay Bewtra is
Emerita Professor at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska.
Her previous translations include novels by Bibhutibhushan
Bandyopadhyay and Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay.