In the manuscripts and archives section of the British library, I found Shiva Naipaul’s notebook that he kept during his visit to India to report on the assassination of Indira Gandhi. My piece about that notebook has been published in the Hindustan Times. Read it here.
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From HarperCollins India “To mull over a beautiful line while looking upon a beautiful painting is the sublime pleasure offered by Amitava Kumar’s The Blue Book. This painted diary is a collage of the personal and the political, of terrifying news, the fleeting seasons, everyday pleasures, precious conversations, families and friendships—and on every page, the… Read more »
Picador/Pan Macmillan is bringing out the UK edition of my novel on Jan 6, 2022. Run, don’t walk, etc.
Listen to Episode 129 on the Maris Review On writing fiction while surrounded by fake news: Amitava Kumar: The idea of how the world comes into your mundane life, how to find an imprint of that on the page, I think that’s what novels are doing these days. My novel is an investigation into that… Read more »
Click here to register for the 10/5 event with Teju Cole at the Community Bookstore Click here to register for the 10/6 event with Lydia Millet at the Elliott Bay Company Click here to register for the 10/7 event with David Means at Oblong Books Click here to register for the 10/12 event with Jenny… Read more »
Last year in March, the pandemic weighing heavy over us, the writer Yiyun Li made a generous proposal: we could read 15 or so pages of Tolstoy’s War and Peace every day as a part of an online community #TolstoyTogether. Yiyun said, “I have found that the more uncertain life is, the more solidity and… Read more »
Thank you, Aleph Book Company and Bena Sareen for the design.
The novel comes out on Oct 5. Please pre-order here.
I recommend the humble check mark. I’m here to reclaim the check mark in its basic form, etched by a human hand using ink or graphite.