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Calcutta

(2013)
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The award-winning author Amit Chaudhuri has been widely praised for the beauty and subtle power of his writing and for the ways in which he makes "place" as complex a character as his men and women. Now he brings these gifts to a spellbinding amalgam of memoir, reportage, and history in this intimate, luminous portrait of Calcutta.

Chaudhuri guides us through the city where he was born, the home he loved as a child, the setting of his acclaimed novels - a place he now finds captivating for all the ways it has, and, perhaps more powerfully, has not, changed. He shows us a city relatively untouched by the currents of globalization but possessed of a "self-renewing way of seeing, of inhabiting space, of apprehending life." He takes us along vibrant avenues and derelict alleyways; introduces us to intellectuals, Marxists, members of the declining haute bourgeoisie, street vendors, domestic workers; brings to life the city's sounds and smells, its architecture, its traditional shops and restaurants, new malls and hotels. And, using the historic elections of 2011 as a fulcrum, Chaudhuri looks back to the nineteenth century, when the city burst with a new vitality, and toward the politics of the present, finding a city "still not recovered from history" yet possessed of a singular modernity.
Chaudhuri observes and writes about Calcutta with rare candor and clarity, making graspable the complex, ultimately ineluctable reasons for his passionate attachment to the place and its people.

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Hardback Editions

September 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: Calcutta: Two Years in the City
Author(s): Amit Chaudhuri
ISBN: 0-307-27024-6 / 978-0-307-27024-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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February 2013 : UK Hardback
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Title: Calcutta: Two Years in the City
Author(s): Amit Chaudhuri
ISBN: 1-908526-17-3 / 978-1-908526-17-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Union Books
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Paperback Editions

April 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Calcutta: Two Years in the City
Author(s): Amit Chaudhuri
ISBN: 0-307-45466-5 / 978-0-307-45466-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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July 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Calcutta: Two Years in the City
Author(s): Amit Chaudhuri
ISBN: 1-908526-18-1 / 978-1-908526-18-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Union Books
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Kindle Editions

September 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Calcutta: Two Years in the City (Vintage Departures)
Author(s): Amit Chaudhuri
Publisher: Vintage
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February 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Calcutta: Two Years in the City
Author(s): Amit Chaudhuri
Publisher: Union Books
Availability: Amazon UK   



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