Odysseus Abroad Author: Amit Chaudhuri-penguin india
In this highly acclaimed novel, Amit Chaudhuri tells us the story of one unremarkable July day in 1980s’ London. Ananda, student of poetry, is lonely, and somewhat fraught, as he grapples with the big questions of literature. His uncle, Radhesh, a bachelor leading an early retired life in a Belsize Park bedsit, is self-involved, eccentric. On this day, they find uncertain companionship as they circle around their past and take stock of their place in the city. Ananda and Radhesh both provide a foil to each other and yet remain apart, as Chaudhuri shows why he is considered his generation’s best chronicler of acutely observed life.