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To be a writer, Amitava Kumar says, is to be an observer. The twenty-six essays in Lunch with a Bigot are Kumar's observations of the world put into words. A mix of memoir, reportage, and criticism, the essays include encounters with writers Salman Rushdie and Arundhati Roy, discussions on the craft of writing, and a portrait of the struggles of a Bollywood actor. The title essay is Kumar's account of his visit to a member of an ultra-right Hindu organization who put him on a hit-list. In these and other essays, Kumar tells a broader story of immigration, change, and a shift to a more globalized existence, all the while demonstrating how he practices being a writer in the world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page
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  1. Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. viii-x
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  1. Author’s Note
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Part I: Reading
  1. Chapter 1: Paper
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. Chapter 2: My Hanif Kureishi Life
  2. pp. 14-28
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  1. Chapter 3: The Map of My Village
  2. pp. 29-31
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  1. Chapter 4: The Poetry of Gujarat Riots
  2. pp. 32-36
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  1. Chapter 5: Conversation with Arundhati Roy
  2. pp. 37-50
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  1. Chapter 6: Salman Rushdie and Me
  2. pp. 51-57
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  1. Chapter 7: Bad News
  2. pp. 58-76
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  1. Part II: Writing
  1. Chapter 8: How to Write a Novel
  2. pp. 77-83
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  1. Chapter 9: Reading Like a Writer
  2. pp. 84-96
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  1. Chapter 10: Writing My Own Satya
  2. pp. 97-105
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  1. Chapter 11: Dead Bastards
  2. pp. 106-109
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  1. Chapter 12: The Writer as a Father
  2. pp. 110-118
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  1. Chapter 13: Ten Rules of Writing
  2. pp. 119-124
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  1. Part III: Places
  1. Chapter 14: Mofussil Junction
  2. pp. 125-131
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  1. Chapter 15: A Collaborator in Kashmir
  2. pp. 132-140
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  1. Chapter 16: At the Jaipur Literature Festival
  2. pp. 141-145
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  1. Chapter 17: Hotel Leeward
  2. pp. 146-150
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  1. Chapter 18: The Mines of Jadugoda
  2. pp. 151-154
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  1. Chapter 19: Upon Arrival in the Past
  2. pp. 155-161
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  1. Chapter 20: Bookstores of New York
  2. pp. 162-166
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  1. Part IV: People
  1. Chapter 21: Lunch with a Bigot
  2. pp. 167-182
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  1. Chapter 22: The Boxer on the Flight
  2. pp. 183-186
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  1. Chapter 23: Amartya’s Birth
  2. pp. 187-191
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  1. Chapter 24: The Taxi Drivers of New York
  2. pp. 192-195
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  1. Chapter 25: On Being Brown in America
  2. pp. 196-200
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  1. Chapter 26: Missing Person
  2. pp. 201-212
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 213-224
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822375395
Related ISBN
9780822359111
MARC Record
OCLC
1139381698
Pages
239
Launched on MUSE
2020-02-19
Language
English
Open Access
No
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