Author of the Month: Amit Chaudhuri
Selected by the Bookshop
Our Author of the Month for July is the novelist, poet, essayist and musician Amit Chaudhuri.
Born in Calcutta in 1962, raised in Bombay, Amit was for several years resident in the UK and became a good friend of the Bookshop and a regular contributor to the LRB. About his work, James Wood has said it best: ‘He has beautifully practiced that ‘refutation of the spectacular’ throughout his career, both as a novelist and as a critic. ... how little Chaudhuri forces anything on us – there is no obvious plot, no determined design, no faked ‘conflict’ or other drama ... The effect is closer to documentary than to fiction; gentle artifice – selection, pacing, occasional dialogue – hides overt artifice. The author seems to say, Here he is; what do you think? The literary pleasure is a human pleasure, as we slowly encounter this strolling, musing, forceful self.’