Rana Dasgupta and Kamila Shamsie are two key figures within new South Asian literature. Both have one foot in England and the other in India and Pakistan, respectively. At the same time, they also represent two different writing styles. As authors they have made their marks as particularly sharp observers of the in-between position of being European in Asia and Asian in Europe, and each of them in their particular genre: the novel and narrative non-fiction. Meet them in conversation with former Granta editor John Freeman, who in his capacity as editor came to know them both and has followed their work from the beginning.
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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