(Last Updated on : 27/09/2012)
Amit Chaudhary has contributed fiction, poetry and reviews to numerous publications including: The Guardian, the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, The New Yorker and Granta magazine.
His first book," A Strange and Sublime Address" (1991), a novella and a number of short stories, won the Betty Trask Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia Region, Best First Book) and was short listed for the Guardian Fiction Prize. His second novel, Afternoon Raag (1993), won both the Southern Arts Literature Prize and the Encore Award (for best second novel of the year). The novel adopts the metaphor of Indian classical music, the Raag, to evoke the complex emotions displayed by the narrator, a young Indian student at Oxford. It was followed by Freedom Song (1998), set in Calcutta during the winter of 1992-93 against a backdrop of growing political tension between Hindus and Muslims. The US edition of Freedom Song won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (Fiction) in 2000.
"A New World" (2000) is the story of Jayojit Chatterjee, a divorced writer living in America and the visit he makes with his son Vikram to his elderly parents' home in Calcutta. His other book, Real Time (2002), includes a number of short stories set in Bombay and Calcutta, some of which have been published in the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement and the New Yorker, as well as 'E-minor', a memoir written in verse. D. H. Lawrence and 'Difference': Postcoloniality and the Poetry of the Present, exploring Lawrence's position as a 'foreigner' in the English canon, was published in 2003.
Amit Chaudhary lives in Calcutta with his wife and daughter. He is editor of The Picador Book of Modern Indian Literature, published in 2001. His most recent book is St. Cyril Road and Other Poems (2005).