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Amitava Kumar – My Beloved Life

March 27 @ 6:00 pm

Novelist Amitava Kumarstands with script looping on the wall behind him. Press photo courtesy of the NY Writers Institute
Photo by Imrul Islam

Author Amitava Kumar will join Northsire Books in Saratoga Springs to discuss his absorbing, exceptionally moving novel that traces the arc of an ordinary man’s life made exceptional by the fact that he has loved and has been loved in turn.

Jadunath Kunwar’s beginnings are humble, even inauspicious. In 1935 in a village near George Orwell’s birthplace, Jadu’s mother, while pregnant with him, nearly dies from a cobra bite. When we see Jadu again, he is in college, meeting the Sherpa who first summited Everest and wondering what it means to be modern.

As his life skates between the mythical and the mundane, and as changes big and small sweep across India, Jadu finds meaning in the most unexpected places. He befriends poets and politicians. He becomes a historian. And he has a daughter, Jugnu, a television journalist with a career in the United States—whose own story recasts the past in a new light.

Piercing, fleet-footed, and undeniably resonant, here is a novel from a singularly gifted writer about how we tell stories and write history, how individuals play a counterpoint to big movements, how no single life is without consequence.

Amitava Kumar was born in Ara, India, and grew up in the nearby town of Patna. He is the author of the novel Immigrant, Montana, as well as several other books of nonfiction and fiction. He lives in Poughkeepsie, New York, and teaches at Vassar College.

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Date:
March 27
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6:00 pm
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Northshire — Saratoga
424 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY
518.682.4200

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