Amit Chaudhuri,in conversation with Naresh Fernandes, will ducuss the multiplicity of realities that makes Calcutta so difficult to speak about it any one way. One of the great cities of modernity, it is a t once Bengali, colonial, Marwari, European, political, artistic, poor, cultured, philistine, bourgeouis, pioneering, backward-looking, endangered, and alive, Chaudhuri, born in Calcutta but raised in Bombay, speaks of his new book, which is written from the intermesshing of the native's intimacy and the emigre's distance and surprise.
Amit Chaudhuri is the author of five novels, the latest of which is The Immortals. Among the many prizes he has won for his fiction are the Commonwealth Literature Prize, the Betty Trask Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Sahitya Akademi Award. He is also a highly respected critic, a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia. Amit Chaudhuri lives in Kolkata and Norwich, and is also an acclaimed musician.Read more