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Arunava Sinha

Associate Professor of Practice in Creative Writing, Ashoka University

Arunava Sinha is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Ashoka University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts (English Honours) from Jadavpur University. 

He translates classic, modern and contemporary Bengali fiction and nonfiction into English, and from English into Bengali. Over fifty of his translations have been published so far. He has conducted translation workshops at the British Centre for Literary Translation, UEA; University of Chicago; Dhaka Translation Centre; and Jadavpur University.

Besides India, his translations have been published in the UK and the US in English, and in several European and Asian countries through further translation.

His research interests are focused on the translation of fiction, non-fiction and poetry between the languages of India, including English. 

Selected Publications

  • Shameless by Taslima Nasreen (HarperCollins, 2020)
  • A Ballad of Remittent Fever by Ashoke Mukhopadhyay (Aleph, 2020)
  • Moom by Bani Basu (Bee Books, 2020)
  • Desire for Fire: Modern Bengali Poetry (Parthian Press, 2020)
  • The Endgame by Kunal Basu (Picador, 2020)
  • Memoir of an Educated Woman in Prostitution by Manada Debi (Simon & Schuster)
  • Kasté by Anita Agnihotri (Juggernaut)
  • Khwabnama by Akhtaruzzaman Elias (Penguin Random House)
  • The Yogini by Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay (Tilted Axis, Penguin India, 2019)
  • I Remember Abbu by Humayun Azad (Amazon Crossing, 2019)
  • Tiger Woman by Sirsho Bandopadhyay (Picador, 2018)
  • There’s Gunpowder In The Air by Manoranjan Byapari (Westland, 2018)
  • The Moving Shadow: Electrifying Bengali Pulp Fiction by Various (Aleph, 2018)
  • Introduction to Creative Writing

  • Literary Journalism

  • Craft of Writing: Translation

  • Translation Workshop

  • Twice winner of the Crossword Translation Award, for Sankar’s Chowringhee (2007) and Anita Agnihotri’s Seventeen (2011), respectively
  • Winner of the Muse India translation award (2013), for Buddhadeva Bose’s When The Time Is Right
  • Recipient of the English PEN Translation grant
  • Shortlisted for The Independent Foreign Fiction prize (2009) 
  • Longlisted for the Best Translated Book award, USA, 2018 for his translation of Bhaskar Chakravarti’s Things That Happen and Other Poems
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