Amit Chaudhuri is the acclaimed author of seven novels, including Odysseus Abroad and A Strange and Sublime Address, and two books of essays. His book Calcutta looks at the city of his birth and where he has spent many years living. He has been awarded the Commonwealth Literature Prize, the Betty Trask award, the Encore Prize, the LA Times Book Prize and the Sahitya Akademi Award, among other accolades. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a fellow of the English Association, and was a judge of the Man Booker International Prize. Currently he is Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia. His new novel, Friend of My Youth, out August 2017, is about Bombay/ Mumbai. His essay ‘The Real Meaning of Rhodes Must Fall’ appeared in the Guardian in March 2016.
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