Freedom Song

Freedom Song : Three Novels

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"An immensely gifted writer....Crammed with breathtaking sentences, sharp characterizations, comic set pieces, and melancholy grace notes." --The New York Times Book Review Freedom Song--which collects three of Chaudhuri's novels--celebrates the rhythms of modern India. A boy's visit with relatives conjures the melancholy comforts of family. An Indian student at an English university contemplates the conflicted relationship between an immigrant and his homeland. And the task of marrying off a "problem" son illuminates the complex community of cultures that is modern Calcutta. Chaudhuri's novels offer simple plots that unfold into dramas of profound emotional resonance. And in prose that has won Chaudhuri comparisons to the master stylists of this century but that emerges as fiercely his own, Freedom Song announces a young writer of extraordinary gifts.
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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 132 x 204 x 25mm | 363g
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0375704000
  • 9780375704000
  • 1,004,266

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"An immensely gifted writer....Crammed with breathtaking sentences, sharp characterizations, comic set pieces, and melancholy grace notes." --"The New York Times Book Review
Freedom Song--which collects three of Chaudhuri's novels--celebrates the rhythms of modern India. A boy's visit with relatives conjures the melancholy comforts of family. An Indian student at an English university contemplates the conflicted relationship between an immigrant and his homeland. And the task of marrying off a "problem" son illuminates the complex community of cultures that is modern Calcutta.
Chaudhuri's novels offer simple plots that unfold into dramas of profound emotional resonance. And in prose that has won Chaudhuri comparisons to the master stylists of this century but that emerges as fiercely his own, Freedom Song announces a young writer of extraordinary gifts.
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In Amit Chaudhuri's novels, simple plots unfold into dramas of profound emotional resonance. A boy's visit with relatives conjures the melancholy comforts of family. An Indian student at an English university contemplates the conflicted relationship between an immigrant and his homeland. And the task of marrying off a "problem" son illuminates the complex community of cultures that is modern Calcutta.

Freedom Song -- which collects three of Chaudhuri's novels -- celebrates the rhythms of modern India. Here is a world so vividly rendered that a son's newspaper route bespeaks an intergenerational rift, and the dervishing spin of a ceiling fan seems recollected from our own dreams. In prose that has won him comparisons to the master stylists of this century but that emerges as fiercely his own, Chaudhuri delivers that which is most fascinating about any culture: the everyday acts of its people. Beautifully written, hauntingly wise, Freedom Song announces a young writer of extraordinary gifts.
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"Elegant, realist fiction...nostalgic, beautifully executed...perfectly renders a portrait of modern Calcutta, its chaos and decay, its culture of communism and street theater." --The Washington Post Book World "Wonderfully observed...a gifted young writer who has created an indelible portrait of India in this volume." --The New York Times
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About Amit Chaudhuri

Amit Chaudhuri lives in India.
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