April 19, 2021

KITAAB

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Review: Calcutta: Two Years in the City

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Amit Chaudhuri has grown from a writer with humour to one in love with excess words. Dilip D’Souza reads out loud.

calcutta_bookCalcutta, especially, leaves you puzzled, groaning and ultimately, just baffled. Yet, if you read both , there’s a certain epiphany to be had.

I’ll return to that.

For now, consider: “The problem of sexuality gives to [EM Forster’s fiction]… its modernist disquiet, its obsession with duplication, alterity, otherness, and with echoes.”

Consider: the “decorative peacock feather [that] was still”, and “that stillness comprises, for me, an inalienable continuity with the child who first observed this world of relatives”.

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