Amitava Kumar

Amitava Kumar is a novelist, poet, journalist, and Professor of English at Vassar College. He was born in Bihar, India; he grew up in the town of Patna, famous for its corruption, crushing poverty, and delicious mangoes.

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Books in order of publication:


No Tears for the N.R.I., Writers Workshop, 1996, a book of poems

Passport Photos, University of California Press, 2000, multi-genre book on immigration and post coloniality

Bombay–London–New York, Routledge, 2002, literary memoir cum critical report on Indian fiction

Husband of a Fanatic: A Personal Journey Through India, Pakistan, Love, and Hate, The New Press, 2005, book on writing and religious violence

Home Products (published in the U.S. under the title Nobody Does the Right Thing by Duke University Press, 2010,)

A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm A Tiny Bomb, Duke University Press Books, 2010, a non-fiction book about the war on terror, and the literary as well as artistic responses to it.

A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna, Duke University Press Books, 2014,

Lunch with a Bigot: The Writer in the World, Duke University Press Books, 2015,

Immigrant, Montana, Knopf, 2018,

Every Day I Write the Book: Notes on Style, Duke University Press Books, 2020,

A Time Outside This Time, Penguin Random House, 2021

The Blue Book: A Writer’s Journal, HarperCollins India, 2022,  a book of drawings and diary entries

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