Who wrote the novel Aranyak

Audrey Bonnet reads Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay

Aranyak by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay - Read by Audrey Bonnet

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay is one of the great writers of modern Bengali literature. He gained fame primarily with his autobiographical novel Pather Panchali (1929) which, along with another of his books, formed the basis for Satyajit Ray's famous film trilogy Apu's way into life formed.

The novel presented here, which this spring was entitled De la foret First appearing in French translation, takes place in the 1920s. A young man fresh from university looking for work in Calcutta takes a job as a forester in a large forest area. While the beauty of nature enchants and intoxicates him, he suffers from the compulsion to clear the forest to develop the soil. When the old trees fall under the blows of the ax, the indigenous communities that have inhabited the forest for millennia lose their way of life. Like a visionary, the novel tells a story of destruction and dispossession, the struggle of people who want to conquer nature. Aranyak, written between 1937 and 1939, remains an unforgettable story.


Audrey Bonnet is one of the most fascinating stage actresses of her generation. She played in productions by Pascal Rambert, with whom she has worked for many years. She recently interpreted the role of Johanna in Arthur Honeggers in an impressive way Johanna at the stake directed by Romeo Castellucci. She is an associate artist at the TNS.