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The Vintage Book of Modern Indian Literature In recent years American readers have been thrilling to the work of such Indian writers as Salman Rushdie and Vikram Seth Now this extravagant and wonderfully discerning anthology unfurls the full diversity of Indian literature from the 1850s to the present presenting today’s brightest talents in the company of their distinguished forbearers and likely heirs The thirty eight authors collected by novelist Amit Chaudhuri write not only in English but also in Hindi Bengali and Urdu They include Rabindranath Tagore arguably the first international literary celebrity chronicling the wistful relationship between a village postal inspector and a servant girl and Bibhuti Bhushan Banerjee represented by an excerpt from his classic novel about an impoverished Bengali childhood Pather Panchali Here too are selections from Nirad C Chaudhuri’s Autobiography of an Unknown Indian R K Narayan’s The English Teacher and Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children alongside a high spirited nonsense tale a drily funny account of a pre Partition Muslim girlhood and a Bombay policier as gripping as anything by Ed McBain Never before has so much of the subcontinent’s writing been made available in a single volume I can't claim to have read this anthology in its entirety but I hold it as a valuable resource in my classroom and this particular collection served my high school students well in postcolonial literature projects Chaudhuri excellently composes this collection to reflect varied linguistic religious literarygenre and ethnic perspectives adeuately complexifying a contemporary multiethnic nation So like the Granta book apparently only and better Wow