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SAP Annual Tagore Lecture, The Mirror and the Windowpane: Two Paths for the Novel, by Neel Mukherjee

Friday, September 28, 2018 at 4:30pm to 7:00pm

Kahin Center
640 Stewart Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

The world of writers divides into two kinds: those who write about themselves, and those who write about others. At this particular historical moment, which belongs to autofiction, it would be safe to say, a particular question seems relevant: What is it that gives fiction truth? Is authenticity the right value to ask of fiction? How is authenticity, in a genre founded on making things up, measured?

Neel Mukherjee is an India-born writer who lives in London. Mukherjee studied at Jadavpur University before attending University College, Oxford where he graduated in 1992. He completed his Ph.D. at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and graduated with an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Mukherjee’s first novel, Past Continuous, received the Vodafone-Crossword Award, India’s premier literary award for writing in English, for best novel of 2008, and was published in the US as A Life Apart. His second novel, The Lives of Others, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014 and won the Encore Award for best second novel. His third novel, A State of Freedom, was published in January 2018. He has published reviews in The Guardian, New Statesman, Spectator, The Times Literary Supplement, and the Wall Street Journal.


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