India—A Mosaic: one nation, but many peoples, many languages, many religions, many political conflicts. In this collection, distinguished writers from East and West bring their distinctive perspectives to Indian history, politics and literature.
In this volume, seven distinguished writers offer penetrating insights into the complexities of the subcontinent. Roderick MacFarquhar reflects on the legacy of Empire ad Partition, Ian Buruma considers secularism and Indian democracy, Pankaj Mishra remembers life in Benares, and Christopher de Bellaigue writes on a violent Bombay. But the volatile intersection of history, politics and culture on which they focus haunt Indian literature too, as shown in essays by Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen on Rabindranath Tagore, Hilary Mantel on Rohinton Mistry and Anita Desai on Indian women’s writing.
Included is a specially commissioned CD containing a wide range of Indian music.
With writers of such caliber musing so strenuously on her problems, India may have found her most effective ally yet.— San Francisco Chronicle