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Lunch With a Bigot: The Writer in the World

By
Amitava Kumar
Amitava Kumar

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.

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Duke University Press
ISBN electronic:
978-0-8223-7539-5
Publication date:
2015
Book Chapter

The Boxer on the Flight

Published:
April 2015

In the plane from London to Delhi, a boxer who had represented India at the just-concluded 2012 Olympic Games was returning home. He sat next to the author and made small talk with a young German woman sitting in the same row. In this brief chapter, the author recounts the overheard conversation, an introduction to a particular brand of masculinity.

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