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Book Club - Asian Authors/Books about Asia Message Board › Calcutta: City of Fiction

Calcutta: City of Fiction

Neel
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Wembley, GB
Post #: 4
Those of us who were part of last Saturday's rendezvous with the author Neel Mukherjee( yes, yes, I know! My namesake) would attest to his apparent aversion towards Calcutta( and his fetish for perfumes in equal measure, but that's a different story). And for good reason, he says. The anecdotal nature of Bengalis, their general antagonistic attitude towards any form of labour, their harping upon the good old times of yore etc. is enough to cause an entrenched sense of resentment in the mind of our author.

And it seems his views may be shared by quite a few of his comrades. For there seems to be no major recent work of fiction set in Kolkata, even though a predominant number of authors have spent some part of their life in the city. A nice article on this is given below(and talks of four authors whom we were following recently: Amitav Ghosh, Amit Chaudhuri, Neel Mukherjee, Aravind Adiga):

http://www.telegraphi...­

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