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English, August: An Indian Story by [Chatterjee, Upamanyu]
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From The New Yorker

A best-seller when it was first published, in India in 1988, this satiric novel chronicles the reluctant coming of age of a privileged young man who has just entered the prestigious Indian Administrative Service. Posted to a small town deep in the interior, he finds himself a foreigner in his own country, wary of cholera, defenseless against mosquitoes, and shocked by the sight of a tribal woman: "They exist, he shrieked silently, outside arty films about tribal exploitation and agrarian reform." In revolt, he sneaks out of meetings, pretends to be the son of Antarctic explorers, and smokes copious amounts of pot. He's an avatar of the Western slacker: overeducated, bored, plagued with doubts, and incapable of action. Still, Chatterjee's story is uniquely Indian, as he plumbs his hero's fear of being "just one more urban Indian bewitched by America's hard sell in the Third World."
Copyright © 2006 The New Yorker


An “affectionate yet unsparing slacker view of modern IndiaÉlikened to John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces and J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye Unlike many of the other Indian writers we read these days, Chatterjee has remained in India...He's a writer worth discovering, and English, August is the place to start.”–Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

“This is a very funny novel, but a humane one as well.”–Katherine Powers, The Boston Globe

“Chatterjee offers…a funny, intimate portrait of one person puzzling over his place in the world…”–Julia Hanna, The Boston Phoenix

A “witty and lyrical first novel…it is hard to believe that it has taken this book so long to reach American readers, but once they finish it, they will agree it was well worth the wait. A contribution not just to Indian literature but to world literature; highly recommended.”–Library Journal * Stared Review

English, August is one of the most important novels in Indian writing in English, but not for the usual reasons. Indeed, it’s at war with ‘importance,’ and is one of the few Indian English novels in the last two decades genuinely, and wonderfully, impelled by irreverence and aimlessness. It’s this acutely intelligent conflation of self-discovery with the puncturing of solemnity that makes this book not only a significant work, but a much-loved one.” –Amit Chaudhuri

“A slacker seeks career success and sexual fulfillment in Chatterjee's 1988 first novel, since proclaimed a contemporary Indian classic…This beautifully written book strikes a nifty balance among satiric comedy, pointed social commentary and penetrating characterization. Widely considered India's Catcher in the Rye, it also echoes both R.K. Narayan's Malgudi novels and J.P. Donleavy's classic portrayal of rampant, unrepentant maleness, The Ginger Man…Excellent stuff. Let's have Chatterjee's other novels, please.” –Kirkus Reviews

“The ‘Indianest’ novel in English that I know of. Utterly uncompromised, wildly funny, and a revelation of everyday life in modern India.” — Suketu Mehta

“…Chatterjee, himself an IAS officer, creates a comic, entertaining portrayal of an administrator's life in the sticks.” –Publishers Weekly

“…a remarkably mature first novel” –The Times Literary Supplement

"There's a popular conception that Indian fiction in English hit the road to big time with Upamanyu Chatterjee's English, August in 1988. The irreverent language, the wry humour and the immediately identifiable situations struck a chord with a generation of Indians which was looking for its own voice and found it in Agastya Sen." – The Sunday Express

“[an] elegant and gently mischievous satire” –The London Observer

“By the highest serio-comic standards, this novel marks the debut of an extraordinarily promising talent.” —The Observer

“Beautifully written…English, August is a marvelously intelligent and entertaining novel, and especially for anyone curious about modern India.” –Punch

“A jazzy, baggy, hyperbolic, comic and crazy clamour of voices which…brings a breath of fresh talent to Indian fiction.” –Glasgow Herald

“…when New York Review Books Classics publishes Upamanyu Chatterjee’s 1988 debut novel, English, August, for the first time in the U.S., Americans will finally have the chance to be in on what readers in England and India have known for years: that the great outpouring of Indian lit over the past decade and a half owes as much to this irreverent, acid-witted book as it does to Salman Rushdie’s magnum opus, Midnight’s Children…A best-seller in India (and later a hit film), English, August struck a chord with a generation of young writers wrestling with the messy sprawl of modern South Asia…English, August is more than a satire. It’s also a novel with resonating concerns about the meaning of maturity in the modern era. …American readers should identify with the brainy, sarcastic and slightly confused protagonist of English, August as he struggles to find a purpose in a rapidly changing world.”–Time Out New York

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