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Picador Book of Modern Indian Literature

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Amit Chaudhuri was born in Calcutta in 1962 and brought up in Bombay. He is the author of four novels that have all won major prizes. He has contributed to the LRB, the TLS, Granta and the New Yorker. He lives with his wife and daughter in Calcutta. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 638 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (December 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330343645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330343640
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reader in Tokyo on September 4, 2008
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This book, published in 2001, and contained 55 works by 39 writers. There were 18 short stories, 13 excerpts from novels, 7 letters, 6 essays, 4 excerpts from essays, 3 excerpts from autobiographies, 3 autobiographical short stories and 1 excerpt from a nonfiction novel.

About half of the works were written originally in English. Another quarter was translated from Bengali. What space remained was given to pieces translated from Urdu (4), Hindi (3), Malayalam (2), and Kannada, Tamil and Oriya (one each).

The works ranged from the 1850s to the 1990s. Those from the 19th century were either from English or Bengali. The author emphasized particularly the 19th century Bengali Renaissance and included from that period a few pieces by Michael Dutt (1824-94), a very brief extract from an early novel by Bankimchandra Chatterjee (1838-94) and some writing by Tagore (1861-1941). For the 20th century as a whole, the great majority of the works in the book were from the 1940s to 90s, especially the latter two decades. There was nothing from the 1930s or 70s.

For the 20th century, just over half the works in the book were written originally in English. For the rest, the pieces from Bengali included extracts from the classic 1920s novel Panther Panchali by Bibhuti Banerjee (1894-1950) and a novel by Buddhadev Bose (1908-74), some short works by the humorists Parashuram (1880-1960) and Sukumar Ray (1887-1923), and a short story by Mahasweta Devi (1926-). There were only a few pieces in Bengali from after the time of partition. On the other hand, for the selections from the other vernacular languages, most were written after partition.

The other writers born in the 19th century or around the turn of the 20th included Fakir Mohan Senapati, Premchand, Nirad Chaudhuri, R. K.
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