UChicago Center in Delhi
Twenty-five years after its initial publication Chaudhuri’s novel about a young boy’s view of family life and the world around him seems as elegant and exquisite and original as it did on its initial publication. From the foreword by Colm Toibin. In the evening, Prof. Saikat Majumdar had a conversation with the author Amit Chaudhuri.
Saikat Majumdar is a novelist and critic. His most recent book is the novel The Firebird (Hachette, 2015), which was a finalist for the Atta Galatta-Bangalore Literature Festival Fiction Prize and one of The Telegraph’s Best Books of 2015. He has also published a book of criticism, Prose of the World: Modernism and the Banality of Empire (Columbia UP/Orient Blackswan, 2013) which received Honorable Mention at the Modernist Studies Association’s Annual Book Prize in 2014, and a previous novel, Silverfish (HarperCollins, 2007). He is currently at work on a book of criticism, The Amateur, along with a new novel, and a book on liberal education in India (forthcoming from Bloomsbury). His recent work appears in PMLA, New Literary History, The Cambridge History of the Indian Novel in English, The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature, Literary Activism: A Collection of Perspectives (Oxford UP, 2016), The Times of India, Caravan, The Hindustan Times, The Hindu, The Indian Express, The Times Higher Education Supplement, The Los Angeles Review of Books, American Book Review, and Public Books. He lives in Delhi and is Professor of English and Coordinator of the Creative Writing Program at Ashoka University.