On Tagore
Non-Fiction

On Tagore

Reading the Poet Today

Overview

"Rabindranath Tagore is widely regarded as a romantic poet, speaking of beauty and truth; as a transcendentalist; a believer in the absolute; a propagandist for universal man. But, as Amit Chaudhuri shows in these remarkable and widely admired essays about the poet and his milieu, his secret concern was really with life, play, and contingency, with the momentary as much as it was with the eternal. It is this strain of unacknowledged modernism, as well as a revolutionary life-affirming vision, that gives his work, Chaudhuri argues, its immense power. Acute, challenging, and path-breaking, Amit Chaudhuri’s collection will become a classic reading of Rabindranath Tagore and the way he is perceived today. "

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192 Pages | ISBN13 9780670086214
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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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