Coupon
The Epic City : The World on the Streets of Calcutta
by Kushanava Choudhury


Overview -

A masterful and entirely fresh portrait of great hopes and dashed dreams in a mythical city from a major new literary voice

Everything that could possibly be wrong with a city was wrong with Calcutta .

When Kushanava Choudhury arrived in New Jersey at the age of twelve, he had already migrated halfway around the world four times.  Read more...


 
Hardcover
  • $28.00
  • 20% off for Members: Get the Club Price
    $ 22.40
Add to Cart
+ Add to Wishlist
In Stock.

FREE Shipping for Club Members
 
> Check In-Store Availability

In-Store pricing may vary

 
 
New & Used Marketplace 24 copies from $14.84
 
 
 

More About The Epic City by Kushanava Choudhury
 
 
 
Overview

A masterful and entirely fresh portrait of great hopes and dashed dreams in a mythical city from a major new literary voice

Everything that could possibly be wrong with a city was wrong with Calcutta.

When Kushanava Choudhury arrived in New Jersey at the age of twelve, he had already migrated halfway around the world four times. After graduating from Princeton, he moved back to the world which his immigrant parents had abandoned, to a city built between a river and a swamp, where the moisture-drenched air swarms with mosquitos after sundown.

Once the capital of the British Raj, and then India's industrial and cultural hub, by 2001 Calcutta was clearly past its prime. Why, his relatives beseeched him, had he returned? Surely, he could have moved to Delhi, Bombay or Bangalore, where a new Golden Age of consumption was being born.

Yet fifteen million people still lived in Calcutta. Working for the Statesman, its leading English newspaper, Kushanava Choudhury found the streets of his childhood unchanged by time. Shouting hawkers still overran the footpaths, fish-sellers squatted on bazaar floors; politics still meant barricades and bus burnings, while Communist ministers travelled in motorcades.

Sifting through the chaos for the stories that never make the papers, Kushanava Choudhury paints a soulful, compelling portrait of the everyday lives that make Calcutta. Written with humanity, wit and insight, The Epic City is an unforgettable depiction of an era, and a city which is a world unto itself.


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781635571561
  • ISBN-10: 1635571561
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publish Date: January 2018
  • Page Count: 272
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Biography & Autobiography > Cultural, Ethnic & Regional - General
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Books > Travel > Asia - India & South Asia

 
BAM Customer Reviews