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Works by Mahasweta Devi, Other books
Hajar Churashir Maa (No. 1084's Mother) is a 1974 Bengali novel written by Ramon Magsaysay Award winner Mahasweta Devi. It was written in 1974 on the backdrop of Naxalite revolution in the Seventies.
Hajar Churashir Maa Wikipedia
Hajar Churashir Maa (means Mother of 1084) is story of a mother (Sujata) whose son (Broti), corpse number 1084 in the morgue, was brutally killed by the state because of his ideology advocating continuous brutal killing of class enemies, collaborators with the State and counter-revolutionaries within the Party. The story starts on the eve of Broti's death anniversary when Sujata recollects her son starting from the birth. She meets Broti's close accomplice and tries to justify Broti for his revolutionary mentalities. Throughout the story she is portrayed as a strong woman who fought against the odds. She is advised to forget her son, as people like her son are "cancerous growth on the body of democracy". It's a story of mother as she relives, years later, the death of her son in the political upheaval that left almost no home untouched.Hajar Churashir Maa portrays the other faces of the human stories that emanated from the restless political adventure of the vibrant Bengal youth, which was ruthlessly cowed by the government until the Communist Party formed the Government and ruthlessly cowed its opponents.Sujata: Main protagonist and a modern strong mother.
Brati: Rebel and son of Sujata.
Dibyanath: Husband of Sujata and seen as same type of people against whom Brati fought.
Govind Nihalani made this novel to a film called Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa in 1998.Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.
Mahasweta Devi got the Jnanpith Award in 1996 for this book, which she received from South African freedom fighter and president Nelson Mandela.ISBN 8184370555 (Karuna Prakashani, Kolkata-9)
ISBN 978-81-8437-055-3 (Karuna Prakashani, Kolkata-9)