Pankaj Mishra

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Pankaj Mishra in Leipzig (March 2014)

Pankaj Mishra (Paṅkaja Miśrā; born 1969, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, India) is an award-winning Indian essayist and novelist and a recipient of the 2014 Windham–Campbell Prize for non-fiction.[1]

Biography[edit]

Mishra graduated with a bachelor's degree in commerce from Allahabad University before earning his Master of Arts degree in English literature at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.[2]

Career[edit]

In 1992, Mishra moved to Mashobra, a Himalayan village, where he began to contribute literary essays and reviews to The Indian Review of Books, The India Magazine, and the newspaper The Pioneer. His first book, Butter Chicken in Ludhiana: Travels in Small Town India (1995), was a travelogue that described the social and cultural changes in India in the context of globalization. His novel The Romantics (2000), an ironic tale of people longing for fulfillment in cultures other than their own, was published in 11 European languages and won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum award for first fiction. His book An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World (2004) mixes memoir, history, and philosophy while attempting to explore the Buddha's relevance to contemporary times. Temptations of the West: How to be Modern in India, Pakistan and Beyond (2006), describes Mishra's travels through Kashmir, Bollywood, Afghanistan, Tibet, Nepal, and other parts of South and Central Asia. According to Mishra, his most recent work, From the Ruins of Empire (2012), examines the question of "how to find a place of dignity for oneself in this world created by the West, in which the West and its allies in the non-West had reserved the best positions for themselves."[3]

In 2005, Mishra published an anthology of writing on India, India in Mind. His writings have been anthologized in The Picador Book of Journeys (2000), The Vintage Book of Modern Indian Literature (2004), and Away: The Indian Writer as Expatriate and other books.

Mishra has written literary and political essays for The New York Times, the New York Review of Books, the Guardian, the "London Review of Books", the 'New Yorker", among other American, British, and Indian publications. He is a columnist for "Bloomberg View" and the "New York Times Book Review". His work has also appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Boston Globe, Common Knowledge, the Financial Times, Granta, The Independent, the New Republic, New Statesman, the 'Wall Street Journal", n+1, The Nation, Outlook, Poetry, Time, the Times Literary Supplement, Travel + Leisure, and The Washington Post. He divides his time between London and India, and is presently working on a novel.[2]

He was the Visiting Fellow for 2007-2008 at the Department of English, University College London, UK. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2008.[4] In November 2012, Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the top 100 Global thinkers.[5]

In 2011, when Mishra criticised Niall Ferguson's book Civilisation: The West and the Rest in the London Review of Books, and accused Ferguson of racism. Ferguson threatened to sue for libel.[6][7]

In March 2014, Yale University awarded Mishra with the Windham–Campbell Literature Prize.[1]

Recognition[edit]

List of works[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Butter Chicken in Ludhiana: Travels in Small Town India (1995)
  • The Romantics (1999)
  • An End to Suffering: the Buddha in the World (2004)
  • India in Mind, edited by Pankaj Mishra (2005)
  • Temptations of the West: How to Be Modern in India, Pakistan, Tibet, and Beyond (2006)
  • From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia (2012)
  • A Great Clamour: Encounters with China and Its Neighbours (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Indian Writer Pankaj Mishra wins Yale literary Prize for 2014". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Pankaj Mishra website.
  3. ^ Hirsh Sawhney (December 10, 2012), In Conversation, The Brooklyn Rail, retrieved 2013-08-02 
  4. ^ "Royal Society of Literature All Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Foreign Policy website.
  6. ^ Harris, Paul (4 May 2013). "Niall Ferguson apologises for anti-gay remarks towards John Maynard Keynes". The Observer. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Mishra, Pankaj (3 November 2011). "Watch this man". Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "'Popular choice' ruled at book awards". Times of India. December 7, 2013. Retrieved December 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Prize Citation for Pankaj Mishra". Windham–Campbell Literature Prize. March 7, 2014. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Reviews & articles