Nirad C. Chaudhuri: The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian

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  • Delphine Munos

On the first page of the preface to his book The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian, Nirad C. Chaudhuri makes the wish that his autobiographical enterprise should bring about a rupture between the first and second stages of his life:

I want a declaration of faith for myself, because after passing the age of fifty I am faced with the compulsion to write off all the years I have lived and begin life anew. […] These recollections of mine are in no sense des mémoires d’outre-tombe. If anyone so chooses he may call them mémoires d’outre-Manche in a figurative sense, in the sense that, retreating before the panzers of the enemy who has seized my past life, I have …

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Munos, Delphine. "The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 January 2012
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