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The autobiography of an unknown Indian
Chaudhuri, Nirad C., 1897-1999.
Publication Information:
Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley, 1989.

Physical Description:
xii, 506 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Reprint. Originally published: London : Macmillan, 1951.
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DS435.7.C5 A3 1951 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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s Reprint of Chaudhuri's 1951 edition (Macmillan, London), which is cited in BCL3. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Intensely rational, Chaudhuri, a Bengali and author of Thy Hand, Great Anarch! , describes his native country with the intent that ``one part of this world may still retain some curiosity about the combination of man and geography which has worn out the British Empire.'' The autobiography yields a dense, absorbing account of Hindu boyhood (he was born in 1897) in a small village in what is now Bangladesh. Careful observations illuminate a waning culture: ``A Hindu . . . accepts the first wail of birth as the leitmotiv of existence and manages . . . to lead a mock-turtle's life during the whole of it.'' Chaudhuri concludes with intricate analyses of the intellectual history of India before independence, seen in the context of its political and social history (from the Dravidians through the Raj); its religion--the ``reformed'' Hinduism of Swami Vivekananda; and Bengali literature. Chaudhuri's judgments, often surprising, are those of a world citizen; his scholarliness is humbling. (Sept. ) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Early Environment
My Birthplace
My Ancestral Village
My Mother's Village England
First Twelve Years
My Birth, Parents and Early Years
Torch Race of the Indian Renaissance Enter
Nationalism Postscript: We leave Kishorganj
Calcutta Experiences of Adolenscence
Citizen-student Initiation into Scholarship
Into the World
Man and Life in Calcutta
New Politics Vanishing Landmarks
An Essay on the Course of Indian History