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A Talk by Amitava Kumar
The AUS Department of English and the Sharjah International Book Fair present a talk by Amitava Kumar
Indian fiction and non-fiction author Amitava Kumar was born in Ara, in India, and grew up in Patna, known for its poverty, corruption, and delicious mangoes. His book, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm A Tiny Bomb, was described by the New York Times as a "perceptive and soulful ... meditation on the global war on terror and its cultural and human repercussions." A Foreigner was also judged the Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the Page Turner Literary Award. Kumar's other non-fiction titles are Husband of a Fanatic, which was an Editors' Choice book at the New York Times; Bombay-London-New York, included on the list of Books of the Year in The New Statesman; and Passport Photos, winner of an Outstanding Book of the Year award from the Myers Program; and, most recently, A Matter of Rats: A Brief Biography of Patna. His debut novel, Home Products, was published by Picador-India, and was short-listed for the Vodafone Crossword Book Award. His work has appeared in The Nation, The New Statesman, Boston Review, Harper's, Kenyon Review, Guernica and other publications. Kumar is Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair at Vassar College in upstate New York.