Amit Chaudhuri: Afternoon Raag

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In the introduction to his edited volume The Picador Book of Modern Indian Literature (2001), Amit Chaudhuri discussed his decision to include such a wide variety of literary forms and genres: “while the large novel might have come to seem typical of the Indian literary enterprise, it is actually not. It contrasts with forms that writers of fiction have chosen in, say, Bengali, where the short story and novella have predominated at least as much as the novel” (xxiv). As editor, Chaudhuri drew attention to an alternative literary tradition than the one usually anthologised under the terms of ‘the Indian literary enterprise’. The formal experimentalism of Chaudhuri’s own fiction further embodies the …

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Bird, Emma . "Afternoon Raag". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 May 2011
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