Rana Dasgupta in conversation with Kim Leine about writing the city: Nuuk and New Delhi. Through interviews with different individuals in New Delhi, Dasgupta’s book Capital demonstrates how the city has grown into what it is today and how it currently appears, both as an image of Indian progress and as a capital that does not resemble the rest of the country. New Delhi is a city of the future and a requisite consequence of the development of South Asia over the past 20 years. With this as a starting point he meets Kim Leine, writer of a future dystopian Greenland. How can these two literary urban developments find a dialogue? Can the history of colonialism help explain Leine’s vision of the future or Dasgupta’s description of the present? Mira Beckstrøm Laurantzon will moderate the conversation.
Rana Dasgupta was born in England, but has lived in Delhi since 2001. He has written both novels and journalistic text. His last book, Capital, describes Delhi through a weaving series of stories and conversations, bringing together Dasguptas own family history, where the problems between British and Indian identity is key. More >
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