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Here and Hereafter

Here and Hereafter

Nirmal Verma's Life in Literature

Vineet Gill
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‘Here and Hereafter is as much about Nirmal Verma’s life in literature as it is about Vineet Gill’s. There is no other book quite like it’ ARVIND KRISHNA MEHROTRA
‘A literary gem’ AMITAVA KUMAR

How is a writer formed? Yes, through labour, commitment, perseverance, grit and various other things that we keep hearing about. But equally, a writer is formed through the workings of a particular kind of sensibility. As Vineet Gill attempts to understand this writerly sensibility in Nirmal Verma’s life and work, he finds that the personal and the literary are, on some level, inseparable.
In this masterly deep dive into the world of one of Hindi literature’s pioneers, Gill looks at the scattered elements of Verma’s life as ingredients that went into the making of the writer. The places he lived in, the people he knew, the books he read are all reflected, in Gill’s view, in Verma’s stories and novels. This is a work of intense readerly analysis and considered excavation-a contemplation on Verma’s oeuvre and its place in world literature.

Imprint: Vintage Books

Published: Sep/2022

ISBN: 9780670097333

Length : 168 Pages

MRP : ₹499.00

Here and Hereafter

Nirmal Verma's Life in Literature

Vineet Gill

‘Here and Hereafter is as much about Nirmal Verma’s life in literature as it is about Vineet Gill’s. There is no other book quite like it’ ARVIND KRISHNA MEHROTRA
‘A literary gem’ AMITAVA KUMAR

How is a writer formed? Yes, through labour, commitment, perseverance, grit and various other things that we keep hearing about. But equally, a writer is formed through the workings of a particular kind of sensibility. As Vineet Gill attempts to understand this writerly sensibility in Nirmal Verma’s life and work, he finds that the personal and the literary are, on some level, inseparable.
In this masterly deep dive into the world of one of Hindi literature’s pioneers, Gill looks at the scattered elements of Verma’s life as ingredients that went into the making of the writer. The places he lived in, the people he knew, the books he read are all reflected, in Gill’s view, in Verma’s stories and novels. This is a work of intense readerly analysis and considered excavation-a contemplation on Verma’s oeuvre and its place in world literature.

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Vineet Gill

Vineet Gill is a writer and works as a senior copy editor at Penguin Random House India. His essays, often literary-critical in nature and occasionally personal, have appeared in various Indian and international publications. He has spent the better part of the previous decade trying to read and write, and trying to build a life around those two interrelated pursuits. This is his first book.

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