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Amit Chaudhuri (born 1962 ), is an Indian English author and academic. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, India's highest literary honor, in 2002 for his novel A New World. He is currently Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia. In 2012, Chaudhuri won the Infosys Prize for Humanities-Literary Studies for his imaginative and illuminating writings in literary criticism, which reflect a complex literary sensibility, and great theoretical mastery, along with a probing sense of detail.
He has written numerous novels, short stories, poems and critical essays in English. His novels have won several major awards and he has received international critical acclaim. His latest book is The Immortals, a novel about music in the modern world. 2008 saw the publication of Clearing a Space: Reflections on India, Literature and Culture, bringing together his major work as a critic. A collection of poems entitled St. Cyril Road and Other Poems appeared in 2005, and in 2001 he edited the influential The Picador Book of Modern Indian Literature. His study of D.H. Lawrence's poetry, D.H. Lawrence and 'Difference': Postcoloniality and the Poetry of the Present, was called 'truly groundbreaking' by Terry Eagleton in the London Review of Books. He writes frequently for The London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, and The Guardian. His work has appeared in Granta, The New Left Review, The Dublin Review, Bricks, N+1, Caravan and many other periodicals.
Amit Chaudhuri is also an Indian classical musician, and singer and composer of Indo-Western experimental music, with an album from each of these genres. His project in experimental music,This is not Fusion, combines the raga, jazz, the blues, rock, techno, disco, and the Indian pop. A second album, Found Music, was released by EMI in 2011.
On 18 March 2008, he was included in the panel for the Man Booker International Prize 2008, alongside writer Jane Smiley and essayist Andrey Kurkov. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Chaudhuri is married to Rosinka Chaudhuri, Professor in Cultural Studies at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. She is the daughter of Shiva Ranjan and Sreelata Khastgir and granddaughter of Satish Ranjan Khastgir, a noted physicist, and elder brother of painter and art educator Sudhir Rajan Khastgir
- 1991 Betty Trask Award and Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book for A Strange and Sublime Address
- 1994 Encore Award, winner for Afternoon Raag
- 1999 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Freedom Song
- 2002 Sahitya Akademi Award, winner for A New World
- 2011 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, shortlisted for The Immortals
- 2012 Rabindra Puraskar for On Tagore
- 2012 Infosys Prize for contemporary Literature.
- A Strange and Sublime Address, 1991; Minerva, 1992, ISBN 978-0-7493-9961-0
- Afternoon Raag, Heinemann, 1993, ISBN 978-0-434-12349-0
- Freedom Song, Picador, 1998; Alfred A. Knopf, 1999, ISBN 978-0-375-40427-6 excerpt
- A New World. Picador. 2000. ISBN 978-0-375-41093-2.; Random House Digital, Inc., 2002, ISBN 978-0-375-72480-0
- The Immortals. Picador. 2009. ISBN 978-0-307-27022-1.
- Short stories
- Real Time: Stories and a reminiscence, Picador, 2002, ISBN 978-0-330-49130-3
- St. Cyril Road and Other Poems (Penguin, 2005)
- Non fiction
- D. H. Lawrence and ‘Difference’: Postcoloniality and the Poetry of the Present (Oxford, 2003)
- Small Orange Flags (Seagull, 2003) reviewed
- Clearing A Space: Reflections on India, Literature and Culture. Peter Lang. 2008. ISBN 978-1-906165-01-7.
- Calcutta: Two Years in the City, Union Books (2013)
- Picador/Vintage Book of Modern Indian Literature (2001)
- Memory's Gold: Writings on Calcutta (2008)
- ‘Surpanakha’ story at The Little Magazine
- The Writers a poem from The Observer
- "An unlikely radical", The Hindu
- A date with Amit Chaudhuri
- Interview with Amit Chaudhuri, Oxonian Review, April 2009
- "I Wish Indian Writing in English Were Less Triumphant" Deutsche Welle
- Transcript of interview with Ramona Koval, The Book Show, ABC Radio National, 20 November 2007