So Many Hungers! is one of the best novels by Bhabani Bhattacharya. A widely acclaimed modern Indian classic… it forcefully deals with the theme of hunger and concomitant human degradation.
Bhabani Bhattacharya (1906-1988), a distinguished novelist, cultural historian and political scientist, was born in Bhagalpur, Bihar, and received his Doctorate from London University. Starting his writing career with Mouchak in Bengali, he went on to write for The Manchester Guardian and The Spectator before returning to India and living in Godhuli, Nagpur in Maharashtra.
A remarkable feature of his writings was its purposeful thrust and social relevance which is almost timeless — as relevant in the present times as it was then. His works include collection of fifteen short stories, The Steel Hawk and five novels including So May Hungers! (1947), Music for Mohini (1952), He Who Rides a Tiger (1954) and Shadow from Ladakh (1967). In 1967, he was honoured with the Sahitya Akademi Award.
A writer of great sensitivity and an unequalled master in interpreting India, his works have been translated in over 25 languages, including twenty-one European languages, Sinhalese and Hebrew.
He was not merely a delightful and a creative story teller, which he was, but as we read in his writings, we hear a dialogue between man and his situation, between man and man and between man and the ideas he lives by.
"Sincere, bitter... a factual and vivid account of one of the most shocking disasters in history." — The Times Literary Supplement
"...One of Bhabani Bhattacharya's better known novels... deals with a time today's generation knows little about and which the older generation is forgetting. It is an era it would do us all good to remember." — The Hindustan Times
"An outstanding book. In analysis and treatment, in projection and interpretation, in style and elegance, So Many Hungers! has attained an enviable standard." — Amrita Bazar Patrika