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Book review: Odysseus Abroad by Amit Chaudhuri

By Daniel Swift   March 2015


Odysseus Abroad by Amit Chaudhuri (Oneworld, £14.99)

It is a common move in post-colonial novels to revisit a previous story. JM Coetzee’s Foe and Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea each return to a canonical literary work—Robinson Crusoe and Jane Eyre—and tell their tales again, from a new perspective. Amit Chaudhuri’s new novel performs this trick with not one but two major predecessors. Odysseus Abroad centres on Ananda, a young Bengali student in London in the mid-1980s. As even the briefest summary will make clear, this short novel is built on…

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