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Amit Chaudhuri

Professor of Creative Writing, Ashoka University

DPhil in English, Oxford University

Amit Chaudhuri is Professor of Creative Writing at Ashoka University in the Spring. In the Fall, he teaches at University of East Anglia, where he is Professor of Contemporary Literature. He earned his Bachelors from University College London, London University, and his DPhil from University of Oxford.

He introduced the annual eight-day creative writing workshops to Ashoka University, in a partnership with the University of East Anglia. He also ran and curated an annual symposium in a series called ‘Literary Activism’ on behalf of University of East Anglia, in partnership with Ashoka University.

His book Finding the Raga, which is about his discovery of, and relationship with, North Indian classical music, is scheduled for publication in April 2021 from Faber in the UK, New York Review Books in the US, and Penguin Random House in India.

(Fiction)

  • 25th Anniversary Edition of Afternoon Raag published in 2019 by Penguin Random House, India, with a new foreword by the critic James Wood.
  • Friend of My Youth (London: Faber and Faber; New Delhi: Penguin Random House, 2017; US, New York Review Books, 2019)
  • 25th Anniversary Edition of A Strange and Sublime Address published in 2016 by Penguin Random House, India, with a new foreword by the novelist Colm Toibin.
  • Odysseus Abroad (London: Oneworld; New York: Knopf; Penguin: New Delhi, 2015) 
  • A Strange and Sublime Address (London: William Heinemann, 1991, distributed in India by Heinemann.)
  • The Immortals (London and New Delhi: Picador; New York: Knopf, 2009)
  • Afternoon Raag (London: William Heinemann, 1993, distributed in India by Heinemann)
  • Real Time: Stories and a Reminiscence (London and New Delhi, Picador; New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002)
  • A New World (London and New Delhi: Picador; New York: Knopf, 2000)
  • Freedom Song: Three Novels – A Strange and Sublime Address; Afternoon Raag; Freedom Song (New York: Knopf, 1999)
  • Freedom Song (London and New Delhi: Picador, 1998)

(Non-Fiction)

  • The Origins of Dislike (Oxford University Press, UK, US, and India, September 2018)
  • Telling Tales: Essays (London: Union Books; New Delhi: Penguin Random House, 2013)
  • Calcutta: Two Years in the City (London: Union Books; New York: Knopf; New Delhi: Penguin Random House, 2013) 
  • Clearing a Space: Essays on India, Literature, and Culture (Oxford and New York: Peter Lang; New Delhi: Permanent Black, 2007)
  • D H Lawrence and ‘Difference’: Postcoloniality and the Poetry of the Present (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2002)

(Poetry) 

  • Sweet Shop and other poems (Salt, UK, and Penguin Random House India, 2019)
  • St Cyril Road and other poems (New Delhi: Penguin, 2003)

Books Edited

  • Literary Activism: Perspectives (New Delhi and New York: Oxford University Press; Norwich: Boiler House Press, 2017) 
  • Memory’s Gold: Writings on Calcutta (New Delhi: Penguin, 2008)
  • The Picador/Vintage Book of Modern Indian Literature (London and New Delhi: Picador; New York: Vintage, 2002/2003)
  • Critical and Creative Writing Workshop
  • Honorary fellowship, Balliol College, Oxford, 2019

  • West Bengal government’s Rabindra Puraskar in 2012

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, 2009

  • Government of India’s Sahitya Akademi Award, 2002

  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, 2000

  • Betty Trask Prize for Best First Novel published in the UK and the Commonwealth, Society of Authors UK, 1991

  • Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Novel in the Europe and Asia Regions, 1992

  • Encore Prize for Best Second Novel published in the UK and the Commonwealth, Society of Authors, UK, 1993

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