Debendranath Acharya

An engineer by profession, Debendranath Acharya (1937-1981) was an Assamese litterateur and scholar. His novel Jangam posthumously received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1984. He also wrote three other noteworthy historical novels: Onyo Jug, Onyo Purux (1970), Kaalpurux (1976) and Raktarag (1982). He died at the young age of 44 as MD of the public sector undertaking Assam Gas Co. The entire literary repertoire of his published as well as unpublished works were complied in 2011 under the title ‘Rachana Samagrah’ and published by Jyoti Prakashan, Guwahati.

Amit R Baishya is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Oklahoma. He has published essays in peer-reviewed journals like Interventions, Postcolonial Studies and South Asia Review and several essays in edited volumes. His monograph Deathworlds: States of Terror and Survival in Fictions from Northeast India, is currently being reviewed by two academic presses. He has also co-edited a book titled Northeast India: A Place of Relations with Yasmin Saikia. He has also translated Jehirul Hussain’s short story ‘Xoru Dhemali, Bar Dhemali’ (Minor Preludes, Major Preludes) from Assamese to English.