Friend of My Youth
Fiction

Friend of My Youth

Overview

"A writer arrives in Bombay on a book-related visit, and finds himself in search of the city he grew up in and barely knows, a city shaken to its core not long ago by the 2008 terrorist strikes—even as he takes for granted his errant local friend, Ramu. A six-foot-tall Kannadiga and one-time junkie who cannot reconcile himself to modern-day adult life, Ramu is an unlikely hero, Bombay incarnate; the writer is his mirrored counterpart in an extraordinary narrative about this city by the sea. Friend of My Youth is at once an unexpected exploration and a concentrated reminiscence woven around a series of visits to a city that was never really home; a commentary on the power of memory and the stubborn interference of childhood with adult life; a paean to the transformative power of friendship by one of our greatest living writers. "

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120 Pages | ISBN13 9780670089673
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Amit Chaudhuri
Amit Chaudhuri
He is a professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom. He is the author of five novels and numerous works of non- fiction, most recently Calcutta. Chaudhuri has received several awards such as the commonwealth Writer's Prize ( South Asia and Europe Region, Best First Book,1991), the UK's Society of Authors' Betty Trask Award for best first novel (1991), the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction ( 2000), the Sahitya Akademi Award (2002), and most recently the Infosys Prize for humalities and the West Bengal government's Rabindra Puraskar for his writing on Tagore. He was made fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2009 and was also one of the judges for the Man Booker International Prize 2009.
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