The first thing that one would notice about Ashapurna Debi’s The First Promise is the position of the narrator with respect to the central character Satyabati. The narrative process is neither a third person objective rendering, nor a first person subjective one where the narrator is usually an intricate part of the narration. In Bakhtinian terms, the narrative goes beyond the monologic framework and even beyond a dialogic one (exposing a variety of narratorial, authorial and characterial voices dismantling temporal boundaries) to expand into a transgenerational polylogic level. The voice ...
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