The Post Office

Rabindranath Tagore

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The Post Office is a play written by Rabindranath Tagore, first published in 1912. It tells the story of Amal, a young child who suffers from an incurable disease. Because of this, he is confined to his home where he lives with his adoptive uncle. To pass the time, he stands in the courtyard and talks to people who go by, asking where they are going. Finding out a new post office is being built, Amal starts imagining that he will receive a letter from the King. He is mocked for this by the village headman who goes as far as to pretend that Amal has received his wish, and that a letter from the king has arrived and that it promises that the royal physician will come and attend him. In fact, the physician really does come; however, he arrives too late to help Amal. Tagore wrote The Post Office in four days.

This book has 18 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1912. This is a translation by Devabrata Mukherjee and was first published in 1914.

Production notes: This ebook of The Post Office was published by Global Grey ebooks on the 11th April 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'The Inner Courtyard of the Amber Palace' by John Gleich.

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