June 2013 - Freedom Song: Three Novels By Amit Chaudhuri


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Freedom Song: Three Novels By Amit Chaudhuri

This collection of three novels is Chaudhuri's first publication in this country. Set in Bombay and Calcutta and written in a quiet, meditative style, the novels reveal the intricacies of family life, providing the reader with insightful observation and very little directly related dialog. We see into the characters' thoughts but only from the narrator's perspective, as if we were looking through a window in the ceilings of the rooms where the action takes place. A Strange and Sublime Address describes a small boy from Bombay and his visit to relatives in Calcutta. In Afternoon Raag, a young Indian man, a graduate student at Oxford, reflects on his parents, his recently deceased music teacher, and the two women with whom he has become involved. Finally, Freedom Song follows two related families in Calcutta during a time of religious and political upheaval. These novels are distinguished by their peaceful and poetic tone.

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