By Amit Chaudhuri
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375704000, 450pp.)
Publication Date: February 8, 2000
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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.
"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