Amit Chaudhuri 'The Origins of Dislike'


'The Origins of Dislike' is a fascinating and thought-provoking selection of essays from the award-winning novelist, poet, literary critic, and musician, Amit Chaudhuri. 

The collection explores critical 'dislike' as a form of intense engagement, featuring unpublished lectures delivered at some of the world's major universities. With chapters on Western art, Asian cinema, Indian regional writing, Asian poetry, the Bhagavad Gita, Rabindranath Tagore, and Rudyard Kipling, 'The Origins of Dislike' reveals how re-thinking modernity can help us understand both creative practice and literary history, and questions the dividing line between creativity and thought.

“These essays testify to a formidable intelligence at work. Chaudhuri's engaging yet exacting reflections range widely across literature and the arts. Puncturing intellectual pieties and lazy thinking, they challenge us to rethink how art and the world connect.” - Rita Felski, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English, University of Virginia

Amit Chaudhuri is the author of seven novels, the latest of which is 'Friend of My Youth'. He is also a critic and a musician and composer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Awards for his fiction include the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Betty Trask Prize, the Encore Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and the Indian government's Sahitya Akademi Award. In 2013, he was awarded the first Infosys Prize in the Humanities for outstanding contribution to literary studies. He is Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia.

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