Amit Chaudhuri Amit Chaudhuri

Amit Chaudhuri was born in Calcutta in 1962, and grew up in Bombay. He was educated at the Cathedral and John Connon School, Bombay, University College London, and at Balliol College, Oxford, where he wrote a doctoral dissertation on DH Lawrence.

Chaudhuri is depositing a manuscript from one of his works on loan.

Career History

Chaudhuri is Professor of Contemporary Literature at UEA, a distinguished literary critic and the prize winning author of six novels, the latest of which, Odysseus Abroad, was published in 2015 to critical acclaim. The Immortals, his fifth novel, was a New Yorker, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe and Irish Times Best Book of the Year. Other recent works include non-fiction: Calcutta: Two Years in the City, published in the UK, US, and India in 2013; and Telling Tales, a new selection of essays that appeared in the UK in the same year. He is also the author of a book of short stories, Real Time, a book of critical essays, Clearing a Space, a book of poems, a critical study of DH Lawrence's poetry, D H Lawrence and 'Difference'('a pathbreaking work', Terry Eagleton, London Review of Books), and is the editor of the Picador Book of Modern Indian Literature. Among the awards he has won for his fiction are the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Betty Trask Prize, the Encore Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and the Government of India's Sahitya Akademi Award.

In 2013, he was awarded the first Infosys Prize in the Humanities for outstanding contribution to literary studies from a distinguished international jury including Amartya Sen, Homi Bhabha, Akeel Bilgrami, and Sheldon Pollock. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and was a judge of the Man Booker International Prize. In 2008, a Guardian editorial about him appeared in the newspaper's famous 'In Praise of...' series. His first novel, A Strange and Sublime Address, is included in Colm Toibin and Carmen Callil’s Two Hundred Best Novels of the Last Fifty Years. His second novel, Afternoon Raag, was on Anne Enright’s list of 10 Best Short Novels in the Guardian.   He writes regularly for the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Guardian, and is also a vocalist in the Indian classical tradition.  His project in crossover music has been performed all over the world, and he has been a featured artiste on flagship culture programmes on television and radio in the UK, including the Review Show (BBC 2) Late Junction (Radio 3), and Loose Ends (Radio 4). His version of 'Summertime' was featured on the BBC 4 television documentary, Gershwin's Summertime: the Song that Conquered the World.  He was Creative Arts Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford, Leverhulme Special Research Fellow at the Faculty of English, Cambridge, a Visiting Professor at the Writing School, Columbia University, and Samuel Fischer Guest Professor at Freie University, Berlin.

Chaudhuri has taught the Prose Fiction MA in Creative Writing at UEA, and supervises PhD students in both creative writing and literature. He is now director of UEA India. The inaugural international creative writing workshop in prose fiction began in Calcutta in March 2013. Two workshops are held annually in India, and December 2014 saw the inaugural symposium on ‘literary activism’, organised by Chaudhuri, take place in Calcutta.. The international writing workshops are set to continue in the foreseeable future.