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Amit Chaudhuri (born 1962) is an Indian English author and academic. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, Indian government's highest literary honour, in 2002 for his novel A New World. He is currently Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia. In 2012, he won the Infosys Prize for Humanities-Literary Studies for his literary criticism.
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 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.
Awards and honours
- 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.
- 2015 The Hindu Literary Prize, shortlist for Odysseus Abroad.
- Chaudhuri, Amit (1991). A strange and sublime address. Heinemann.
- 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.
- — (2015). Odysseus abroad. Hamish Hamilton.
Collected short stories
- Chaudhuri, Amit (2002). Real time : stories and a reminiscence. Picador.
- Chaudhuri, Amit (2005). St. Cyril Road and other poems. Penguin.
- Chaudhuri, Amit (2003). D. H. Lawrence and ‘difference’ : postcoloniality and the poetry of the present. Oxford University Press.
- 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)
- Chaudhuri, Amit, ed. (2001). The Picador book of modern Indian literature. Picador.
- Memory's Gold: Writings on Calcutta (2008)
Critical studies and reviews
- Hoskote, Ranjit (6 October 2014). "Homing in on Homer". India Today. 39 (40): 72–73. Review of Odysseus Abroad.
- Wood, James (4 May 2015). "Circling the subject : Amit Chaudhuri's novel Odysseus Abroad". The Critics. Books. The New Yorker. 91 (11): 73–75. Retrieved 2015-07-03.
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|A strange and sublime address. Minerva. 1992.||Heinemann, 1991|
- "Amit Chaudhuri". British Council Literature. British Council. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
- SAMHITA CHAKRABORTY (31 August 2014). "A strange and sublime departure". The Telegraph, Calcutta, India. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
When Amit was a student at Elphinstone College in Mumbai, he remembers seeing Jeet arrive with his acoustic guitar and play on campus.
- several articles by Chaudhuri at London Review of Books
- Amit Chaudhuri. The Guardian
- Amit Chaudhuri. "Editorial: Secrets And Treasures". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph (Kolkata). Retrieved 16 May 2012.
- "The Hindu Prize 2015 Shortlist". The Hindu. 31 October 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
- Amit Chaudhuri at British Council: Literature
- ‘Surpanakha’ story at The Little Magazine
- "An unlikely radical", The Hindu
- A date with Amit Chaudhuri