Amitabha Bagchi

Amitabha Bagchi was on residency for FRESH EYES in June 2016
26-05-2022 - 26-05-2022
Amitabha Bagchi
The Indian author Amitabha Bagchi was invited to take part in the FRESH EYES project by Aarhus Centre for Literature and came to the city in the summer of 2016. Bagchi published his first novel Above Average in 2007 and has written two additional novels since then. There is no common theme that characterizes his writing but each novel takes on its own narrative like neighborhood, power relations, and youth – making each novel unique in its own way.

For two weeks, Bagchi explored the city of Aarhus – an exploration that included visiting the main sites as well as the more anonymous parts of the city. The result is the short story Danish Crowns which is both a reference to the Danish trees the narrator admires as well as the Danish monetary standard. In this novel the narrator visits different sites in Aarhus that makes him reflect on the history and the culture of the city and Denmark but also Aarhus' relation to the rest of the world – including India – with perspectives to philosophy, world history, extinct species, and much more.

Amitabha Bagchi’s first novel, Above Average, was published in 2007 by HarperCollins India and became a bestseller. His second novelThe Householder, was published to critical acclaim in 2012 by Fourth Estate, an imprint of HarperCollins India. This Place, his most recent novel, was published in 2013, also by Fourth Estate. It was nominated for the Dublin IMPAC Literary Prize 2015 and shortlisted for the Raymond Crossword Book Award 2014. Bagchi lives in New Delhi with his wife and son.

This Place, 2015
The Householder, 2013
Above Average, 2007

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