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A Strange and Sublime Address

A Strange and Sublime Address

by Amit Chaudhuri, introduction by Colm Tóibín

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A ten-year-old boy, Sandeep, visits, with his mother, his maternal uncle's house in Calcutta for his summer vacation; and a year and a half later visits it again.

Here, in Calcutta, he plunges into a life quite different from the Bombay in which he is growing up; and his imagination transforms, and is transformed by, the family, a city, the spaces of a house, the Bengali language, mortality, and the enduring allure of the everyday.

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Series: NYRB Classics
ISBN: 9781681378084
Pages: 136
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Chaudhuri brings [the child's] sense of wonder to life with his unusual, almost musical, literary style. Through innovative metaphors and images, he brings the simplest aspects of life—a bath, a drive, an illness—to a new level.
The Boston Review

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