The potential of prose

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.

When:Friday 2. June at 16:00
Where:Lillehammer Bibliotek
Price:120 kr
Info:Filmed by the Norwegian TV school
Info:The conversation will be in English


Rana Dasgupta


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 >

Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie is the author of six novels: In the City by the Sea; Kartography (both shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize); Salt and Saffron; Broken Verses; Burnt Shadows (shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction) and, most recently, A God in Every Stone, which was shortlisted for the Baileys Prize, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Three of her novels have received awards from Pakistan’s Academy of Letters. More >

John Freeman

John Freeman is a poet, editor and critic. He was the Literary Editor of Granta and now has his own magazine, Freeman’s Own, which publishes new work from some of the worlds leading poets and authors. More >

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