Author: Amit Chaudhuri
Publisher: Picador India
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0330344242
Chaudhuri writes about India like no one else. Freedom Song is set in Calcutta in winter, but the elliptical prose and oblique plotting add upto a novel of profound and subtle elusiveness.
The lives and reminiscences of Khuku and her husband Shib, a couple in their sixties, and of Khuku's younger, less prosperous brother, Bhola, and the family's marriage plans for their unambitious son Bhaskar make up the novel which is set during the winter of 1992.
'In Freedom Song, Amit Chaudhuri has perfected his elegant prose style, delivering an expensive and evocative narrative in a minimalist, fragmented form'. -- TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
Exquisite and supremely haunting, a work of contemporary fiction by a world-class writer' -- OBSERVER
'This is writing of great precision and economy, each incident, each small revelation about the past selected like a careful brushstroke' -- SPECTATOR
'His most accomplished novel so far' -- NEW STATESMAN