Calcutta: A Cultural History

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Interlink Books, 2008 - History - 255 pages
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Calcutta (renamed Kolkata in 2001) is a city of extremes, where exquisite refinement rubs shoulder with coarse commercialism and political violence. Krishna Dutta explores these multiple paradoxes, giving personal insight into Calcutta's unique history and modern identity as reflected in its architecture, literature, cinema, and music.

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Krishna Dutta, who was born in Calcutta, has lived for many years in London, where she works as a teacher.
Andrew Robinson is the literary editor of "The Times Higher Education Supplement. "He is the author of "Satyajit Ray: The Inner Eye "and "The Art of Rabindranath Tagore."
Together they have written "Rabindranath Tagore: the Myriad-Minded Man "(St. Martins' Press, 1996) and are the editors of "Selected Letters of Rabindranath Tagore "(1997). They have also co-translated Tagore's "The Post Office "(St. Martin's Press, 1996).

Anita Desai was born in Mussoorie, India, in 1937 of Indian and German parentage. Her works focus on relationships and family life in India, particularly the problems of women in Indian society. She has written for both adults and children, winning the Winifred Holtby Prize from the Royal Society of Literature for Fire on the Mountain (1977) and the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction for her novel The Village by the Sea (1982). Among her numerous other honors is a Literary Lion Award from the New York Public Library in 1993. Desai came to America in 1987. She has taught at Mount Holyoke College, Baruch College, and Smithe College. Desai is currently Emeritus John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities at MIT.

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