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This Number Does Not Exist

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This is a Bilingual English/Hindi edition.

This Number Does Not Exist is the first English translation and U.S. publication of Mangalesh Dabral. He has been translated widely in other languages, including all major Indian languages and Russian, German, Dutch, Spanish, French, Polish, and Bulgarian.

Dabral is well-known abroad: he has given readings in such countries as the U.S. (International Writing Program, University of Iowa), Russia, Bulgaria, Nepal, Mauritius, and Japan, and many of his poems in translation have found their way into various foreign anthologies.

Mangalesh Dabral is not only a poet, but has also been a journalist and editor for several decades. He has also translated such writers as Bertolt Brecht, Pablo Neruda, Yannis Ritsos, and Herman Hesse from English into Hindi.

According to Poetry International, "the foothills of the Himalayas formed the backdrop of Dabral's youth. In many of his poems you can still feel the fresh Himalayan breeze and see the observing consciousness of the boy who has come from the village to the big city. Although now a praised and acknowledged poet, Mangalesh’s tone is still unassuming. Although critical as well: Is the world good enough for our children? Is human contact becoming reduced to impersonal communications via cell phones?"

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