Author(s): Amit Chaudhuri
A Strange and Sublime Address, Amit Chaudhuri's first book, features a Bengali boy who spends his school holidays at his uncle's home in Calcutta. Heatwaves, thunderstorms, mealtimes, prayer-sessions, shopping expeditions and family visits create a shifting background to the shaping of people's lives. Delicate, nuanced, full of exquisite detail, A Strange and Sublime Address is a small masterpiece. The book also includes nine short stories about the city.
'Every fiction must create an illusion of reality; and Chaudhuri's novels succeed in doing so to an impressive degree. He has such a tender intimacy with the world and the people who inhabit it' -- New York Review of Books 'Chaudhuri's languorous, elliptical, beautiful prose is impressively impossible to put in any category at all' -- Salman Rushdie 'This evocation of the routine, quotidian magic of normality strikes me as an extraordinary thing to have brought off... mesmerizing' -- John Lanchester Vogue
Amit Chaudhuri is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, is a poet, an acclaimed musician, and a highly regarded critic. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia. He has contributed fiction, poetry and reviews to numerous publications including the Guardian, London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, New Yorker and Granta. Amit lives in Calcutta and Norwich.