The Home and the World
By Rabindranath Tagore
This is both a love story and a novel of political awakening. The central character, Bimala, is torn between the duties owed to her husband, Nikhil, and the demands made on her by the radical leader, Sandip. Her attempts to resolve the pressures of the home and world reflect the conflict in India itself, and the tragic outcome the unrest that accompanied Partition in 1947.