Jejuri by Arun Kolatkar
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A sequence of stunningly simple but haunting poems, Jejuri is one of the great books of modern India. Jejuri is a site of pilgramage in author Arun Kolatkar's native state of Maharashtra, and Jejuri the poem is the record of a visit to the town -- a place that is as crassly commercial as it is holy, as modern and ruinous as it is ancient and enduring. Evoking the town's crowded streets, many shrines, and mythic history of sages and gods, Kolatkar's poem offers a rich description of India while at the same time performing a complex act of devotion. For the essence of the poem is a spiritual quest, the effort to find the divine trace in a degenerate world. Spare, comic, sorrowful, singing, Jejuri is the work of a writer with a unique and visionary voice.
 

About Arun Kolatkar

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Amit Chaudhuri's first three novels were published in a single ominbus volume, Freedom Song: Three Novels, by Knopf in 1999. This omnibus volume was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and an Independent bestseller in America; it was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction, 2000.
 
Published March 1, 1977 by Clearing Ho, Bombay. 60 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Kolatkar (1932–2004) became a leading literary light in India, writing in Marathi and in English about the contradictions of the developing subcontinent.

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A sequence of stunningly simple but haunting poems, Jejuri is one of the great books of modern India.

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A sequence of stunningly simple but haunting poems, Jejuri is one of the great books of modern India.

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