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Why does Calcutta produce so many writers?

A new book, The Epic City, traces the city's literary heritage

By Tanjil Rashid   November 2017

A child feeds pigeons outside a temple in Calcutta.

Calcutta has had many chroniclers. In the 19th century, Rabindranath Tagore’s stories heralded the arrival of western ideas in what was then India’s capital. In the 20th, Satyajit Ray’s films delved into the social world that was created after independence. And in the 21st century, as the city’s cultural and colonial glory faded, novelists like Neel Mukherjee and Jhumpa Lahiri have charted the political convulsions of the city’s decline. Now Kushanava Choudhury offers a more personal account of what he…

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