Lunch With a Bigot: The Writer in the World
Amitava Kumar is Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College. He is the author of A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb, and Nobody Does the Right Thing, all also published by Duke University Press.
This chapter is a commentary on how recent novels set in the Indian subcontinent are about the ways in which the news enters the lives of people. The examples are Aravinda Adiga’s The White Tiger, Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People, and Mohammad Hanif’s A Case of Exploding Mangoes. The essay also engages with novelist Vikram Chandra’s widely-noted essay “The Cult of Authenticity.”