Publication Date: November 2005
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A sequence of stunningly simple but haunting poems, "Jejuri" is one of the great books of modern India. "Jejuri" is a site of pilgramage in author Arun Kolatkar's native state of Maharashtra, and "Jejuri" the poem is the record of a visit to the town -- a place that is as crassly commercial as it is holy, as modern and ruinous as it is ancient and enduring. Evoking the town's crowded streets, many shrines, and mythic history of sages and gods, Kolatkar's poem offers a rich description of India while at the same time performing a complex act of devotion. For the essence of the poem is a spiritual quest, the effort to find the divine trace in a degenerate world. Spare, comic, sorrowful, singing, "Jejuri" is the work of a writer with a unique and visionary voice.
About the Author
Amit Chaudhuri is the author of several novels and a contributor to the "London Review of Books", the"Times Literary Supplement", and "Granta". He lives with his wife and daughter in Calcutta.