Sojourn

Amit Chaudhuri

The new novel about the present, the past, and the slippage between private and public lifefrom a writer who has ‘like Proust, mastered the art of the moment.’ (Hilary Mantel)

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9780571360369
Date Published
23.08.2022
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Summary

The new novel about the present, the past, and the slippage between private and public lifefrom a writer who has ‘like Proust, mastered the art of the moment.’ (Hilary Mantel)

An unnamed man arrives in Berlin as a visiting professor. It is a place fused with Western history and cultural fracture lines. He moves along its streets and pavements; through its department stores, museums and restaurants. He befriends Faqrul, an enigmatic exiled poet, and Birgit, a woman with whom he shares the vagaries of attraction. He tries to understand his white-haired cleaner. Berlin is a riddle—he becomes lost not only in the city but in its legacy.

Sealed off in his own solitude, and as his visiting professorship passes, the narrator awaits transformation and meaning. Ultimately, he starts to understand that the less sure he becomes of his place in the moment, the more he knows his way.

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Amit Chaudhuri is the author of seven novels, the latest of which is Friend of My Youth. His most recent book, Finding the Raga, is a work of non-fiction in which he explores his relationship to, and understanding of, North Indian classical music. He is also an essayist, poet, short story writer, singer and composer. James Wood, writing about Chaudhuri…

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