Anjum Hasan is the author of the novels The Cosmopolitans (Penguin), Neti, Neti (Roli Books), and Lunatic in my Head (Penguin); the book of poems Street on the Hill (Sahitya Akademi); the short story collections Difficult Pleasures (Penguin) and A Day in the Life (Penguin), which won the Valley of Words Fiction Award, 2019. Her books have also been shortlisted for the Sahitya Akademi, Hindu Best Fiction, and Crossword Fiction awards. She has been a Homi Bhabha Fellow and a Charles Wallace India Fellow, and is currently a New India Foundation Fellow. She lives in Bangalore.
Future Library: Contemporary Indian Writing
Anjum Hasan, Sampurna Chattarji
Publication Date: July 5, 2022
A diverse and essential anthology of poetry and fiction that springs from—and is shaped around—the shared heritage that contemporary Indian writers claim across time, location and language.
This anthology brings together one hundred contemporary Indian poets and fiction writers working in English as well as translating from other Indian languages. Located anywhere from Michigan to Mumbai, the sources of their creativity range from the ancient epics to twentieth-century world literature, with themes suggesting a modernist individuality and sense of displacement as well as an ironic, postmodern embracing of multiple disjunctions. The editors present a historical background to the various Englishes apparent in this collection, while also identifying the shared traditions and contexts that hold together their uniquely diverse selection. In aiming at coherence rather than unity, Hasan and Chattarji reveal that the idea of Indianness is as much a means of exploring difference as finding common ground.