'Chaudhuri has, like Proust, perfected the art of the moment [and written] masterpieces of intimate observation.'
Afternoon RaagAmit Chaudhuri
Described as a ‘felicitous prose poem’, Afternoon Raag is the account of a young Bengali man who is studying at Oxford University and caught in complicated love triangle. His loneliness and melancholy sharpen his memories of home, which come back to haunt him in vivid, sensory detail. Intensely moving, superbly written, Afternoon Raag is a perfect miniature of a novel about arrivals and departures, new worlds and old homes.
'This immensely subtle novel both estranges and gently strokes the surface of English and Indian life. I know of nothing in English fiction that begins to resemble it.'
‘Those who are always acclaiming the "poetic prose" of Ondaatje would do well to study Chaudhuri'
‘An extraordinary achievement.’