The Picador Book of Modern Indian Literature
Picador, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 638 pages
From the 19th century to the present this is an extraordinarily revealing book of Indian writing. In the last few years the press has been obessed with the idea of a 'boom' in Indian literature, that a) the only literature coming out of India worth reading is in English and b) this literature has only really appeared since the publication of Midnight's Children. Amit Chaudhuri's anthology will change all this. Chaudhuri reveals a world that has been sadly out of reach to most of the world. He has some of the best writers of the late nineteenth and twentieth century - with early writers such as Bankim Chaterjee who was writing in English in 1870, and Nirad Chaudhuri author of Autobiography of an Unknown Indian. There is also Nirmal Verma - one of India's most popular Hindi novelists here translated into English, as well as Rushdie and Vikram Seth. The book contains works of both fiction and non-fiction in every style. Amit Chaudhuri's introductions to each piece, provide invaluable information on both the writers and their work from the Indian Mutiny in 1857 to the vastly popular writers of the present.