Bengali author Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay has been credited with being the woman who reintroduced hardcore sexuality into Bengali literature and whose novel Panty was translated into English in the summer of 2016 and described by the Guardian as “an unnerving, ominous and beautiful meditation on the loneliness of modern life”. Although Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay won’t be able to be with us in person due to unforeseen circumstances, she will join the discussion via Skype.
British author Preti Taneja is known for her work on Shakespeare performances in relation to human rights abuses and in humanitarian situations and her debut novella Kumkum Malhotra which conveys the story of a woman on a hot summer night in suburban New Delhi. Taneja won the Gatehouse Press New Fictions Prize 2014/15 for this compelling work. Her upcoming novel We That Are Young is a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear, set in contemporary India, and told in turn from the perspective of five young people is due out in July. Taneja is also the editor of Visual Verse, an online anthology of art and words.
Chaired by Deborah Smith, Founder of Tilted Axis Press and winner of the Man Booker International Prize in 2016 for her translation of Han Kang’s The Vegetarian, this talk will transport us to Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Kashmir through the works of two of the most talented young writers of our time.
This talk has been sponsored by Cockayne Grants for the Arts, a donor- advised fund of the London Community Foundation. It is part of the Sin Cities: Vice & Virtue Across Asia’s Urban Landscapes series.
There will be a book signing and a cash bar after the talk. Mango Bellinis will be just one of the drinks on offer.
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