The London Review of Books has said that ‘Amit Chaudhuri has already proved that he can write better than just about anybody of his generation’.
Born in Calcutta in 1962, Amit was a student at the Cathedral and John Connon School, Bombay, took his first degree, in English, from University College London, and wrote his doctoral dissertation on D H Lawrence’s poetry at Balliol College, Oxford.
He is the author of five novels, the latest of which is The Immortals, which was a New Yorker and San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year, and Critics’ Choice, Best Books of 2009, in the Boston Globe and the Irish Times. His latest book, published this year in the UK and India, is a work of non-fiction, Calcutta: Two Years in the City. It will be out from Knopf in the US in September. His second book of essays, Telling Tales, came out in the UK in August 2013.
Among the prizes he has won for his fiction are the Commonwealth Literature Prize, the Betty Trask award, the Encore Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Indian government’s Sahitya Akademi Award. In 2012, he was awarded the West Bengal government’s Rabindra Puraskar for his book On Tagore. Amit is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the English Association, and was a judge of the Man Booker International Prize.