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Telling Tales

Telling Tales

Selected Writing, 1993-2013

Amit Chaudhuri
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Spanning a writing career of over twenty years, the acclaimed novelist Amit Chaudhuri is also one of the most gifted essayists and critics writing today, whose work has appeared in the pages of many of the most prestigious newspapers and journals in the world, including the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, Granta, the Guardian, and the Dublin Review.
Collected here for the first time, Telling Tales is a selection of Chaudhuri’s most enduring short non-fiction that showcases his sense of humour, his idiosyncratic capacity to transform the mundane, his political engagement, and his mastery of words.
From playing ‘Cowboys and Indians’ as a child in India to an outsider’s perspective on the British class system to a plane that was hijacked by Pakistani men and taken to Afghanistan at the turn of the millennium to the works of V.S. Naipaul and to the humble Indian savoury the chanachur, these essays display Chaudhuri’s ability to find meaning in every aspect of the physical and intellectual world and will consolidate his reputation as one of the most original and elegant writers publishing in English today.

Imprint: India Hamish Hamilton

Published: Jan/2014

ISBN: 9780143418597

Length : 320 Pages

MRP : ₹399.00

Telling Tales

Selected Writing, 1993-2013

Amit Chaudhuri

Spanning a writing career of over twenty years, the acclaimed novelist Amit Chaudhuri is also one of the most gifted essayists and critics writing today, whose work has appeared in the pages of many of the most prestigious newspapers and journals in the world, including the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, Granta, the Guardian, and the Dublin Review.
Collected here for the first time, Telling Tales is a selection of Chaudhuri’s most enduring short non-fiction that showcases his sense of humour, his idiosyncratic capacity to transform the mundane, his political engagement, and his mastery of words.
From playing ‘Cowboys and Indians’ as a child in India to an outsider’s perspective on the British class system to a plane that was hijacked by Pakistani men and taken to Afghanistan at the turn of the millennium to the works of V.S. Naipaul and to the humble Indian savoury the chanachur, these essays display Chaudhuri’s ability to find meaning in every aspect of the physical and intellectual world and will consolidate his reputation as one of the most original and elegant writers publishing in English today.

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Amit Chaudhuri

Amit Chaudhuri is the author of five novels, of which the most recent is the Immortals, and numerous works of non-fiction, most recently Calcutta: Two Years in the City and Telling tales. He has recevied several awards such as the Commonwealth Writer'Prize, the UK's Society of Authors' Betty Trask Award for best first novel and Encore Prize for Fiction, the Sahitya Akademi Award,and most recently the Infosys Prize for outstanding contribution to liberty studies and the West Bengal government's Rabinder 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. He is Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia.

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