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He saw his uncle once or twice a week. They got on each others nerves, but had grown fond of the frisson. He was Anandas sole friend in London and Ananda his. Friend was right, because his uncle was capable of being neither uncle, nor father, nor brother.
Anandas uncle, Rangamama, is an eccentric bachelor who has taken early retirement and lives off his pension in a squalid bedsit in Belsize Park. His habits are angular-he rarely bathes and devours paranormal stories-and his personality combative. Ananda, by contrast, is fragile, nervous and romantic. Uncle and nephew circle around their past, walk the streets of London and find in each other, an unspoken solace.
A retelling of the story of Odysseus and Telemachus, Odysseus Abroad is a novel about a young man and an old man, about friendship, loneliness and love. Written in a voice at once tender and ribald, wry and unsentimental, this is Amit Chaudhuris most extraordinary novel yet.
About the Author
Amit Chaudhuri is the author of five novels, one work of non-fiction and a number of books of literary criticism. Among the many prizes he has won for his fiction are the Commonwealth Literature Prize, the Betty Trask Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Infosys Prize and the Sahitya Akademi Award. He is also a highly respected critic, a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia. Amit Chaudhuri lives in Kolkata and Norwich and is also an acclaimed musician.