Upcoming Event [View More]
27th October, 8 pm, a concert at the Vortex Jazz Club. [View More]
28th October, a talk at the School of Oriental and African Studies: ’Who is the Reader? Literary Activism and the Mehrotra Campaign’. [View More]
Readings at the Sydney Writers Festival on 21st, 22nd, and 23rd May: [View More]
Readings/talks related to the new novel Odysseus Abroad in and near London next week (all welcome)
The New York premiere, at the 15th New York Indian Film Festival, of the film A Moment of Mishearing, co-directed by Amit Chaudhuri and woven around his music, will take place at the Village East Cinemas – Cinema 4,181 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003, Thursday, May 7, 2015, 9.30 pm. Here are the details: [View More]
James Wood’s review of Odysseus Abroad and his overview of Chaudhuri’s work in the New Yorker: [View More]
Guardian review of Odysseus Abroad by Neel Mukherjee: [View More]
Chatting with Nicholas Wroe in the Guardian: [View More]
New essay on Joni Mitchell: [View More]

Fiction

Odysseus Abroad

He saw his uncle once or twice a week. They got on each other’s nerves, but had grown fond of the frisson. He was Ananda’s sole friend in London—and Ananda his. ‘Friend’ was right; because his uncle was capable of being neither uncle, nor father, nor brother. Ananda’s uncle, Rangamama, is an eccentric bachelor who has taken early retirement and lives off his pension in a squalid bedsit in Belsize Park. His habits are angular—he rarely bathes, and devours paranormal stories—and his personality combative. Ananda, by contrast, is fragile, nervous and romantic. Uncle and nephew circle around their past, walk the streets of London and find in each other, an unspoken solace. A retelling of the story of Odysseus and Telemachus, Odysseus Abroad is a novel about a young man and an old man, about friendship, loneliness and love. Written in a voice at once tender and ribald, wry and unsentimental, this is Amit Chaudhuri’s most extraordinary novel yet.

Advance Praise:

“A master of form and language, Chaudhuri’s fiction has always defied easy categorization. In this stunningly engaging novel, Naipaul meets Amis? Yes. Joyce visits Thatcher’s England? Yes. But so much more. Wittingly inventive, deeply moving, it’s his finest work to date” Caryl Phillips

“The stunning, Proustian prose that we have come to expect of Amit Chaudhuri is here in abundance, newly enhanced with surreal comedy and wry, self-mocking, often hilarious sex. It’s the best book I’ve ever read about the immigrant experience, indeed the colonial experience—and his wittiest and most profound book to date.” Wendy Doniger

“A wonderful novel which has everything in it—pathos, humour, lyricism and style—by one of the most remarkable novelists writing today.” Nadeem Aslam

“A superb book, one of Chaudhuri’s very best – full of wit, charm and humanity, and so delicately and intricately written.” Ian Jack

“Witty, intimate, and modern, Chaudhuri’s insight into the loneliness and excitement of our search for elsewhere had me under its spell. An unforgettable walk through London and other worlds by one of our most entertaining and artful writers.” Deborah Levy

Recent UK and US Reviews of Odysseus Abroad
  • James Wood’s review of Odysseus Abroad and his overview of Chaudhuri’s work in the New Yorker:
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  • Odysseus Abroad in the reviews roundup by Carmela Ciuraru in the New York Times daily paper:
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  • Guardian review of Odysseus Abroad by Neel Mukherjee:
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  • Eileen Battersby’s essay on Odysseus Abroad in the Irish Times:
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  • Daily Mail. UK, on Odysseus Abroad:
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  • In the Independent, UK:
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  • Odysseus Abroad reviewed in the Observer:
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  • Daily Telegraph, UK:
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  • The Booklist, US:
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  • The Christian Science Monitor:
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  • Starred review in Kirkus Review:
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