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The Cooking Of Books

Release date: 29 January 2024
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It is not often that an author and his editor strike up a relationship that survives forty years ... Read More

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It is not often that an author and his editor strike up a relationship that survives forty years of epistolary exchanges and intellectual sparring. The strangely enduring and occasionally fractious friendship that developed between the famously outspoken historian Ramachandra Guha and his reticent editor Rukun Advani is the subject of this quite eccentric and thoroughly compelling literary memoir.

It started in Delhi in the early 1980s, when Guha was an unpublished PhD scholar, and Advani a greenhorn editor with the Oxford University Press. It blossomed through the 1990s,when Guha grew into a pioneering historian of the environment and of cricket, while also writing his pathbreaking biography of Verrier Elwin. Over these years, Advani was Guha’s most constant confidant, his most reliable reader. He encouraged him to craft and refine the literary style for which Guha became internationally known – narrative histories that have made vast areas of scholarship popular and accessible.

Four decades later, though he no longer publishes his books,Advani remains Guha’s most trusted literary adviser. Yet they also disagree ferociously on politics, human nature, and the nature of their commitment to India. They usually make up – because it just wouldn’t do to allow such an odd relationship to die.

Built around letters and emails between an outgoing and occasionally combative scholar and a reclusive editor prone to private outbursts of savage sarcasm, this book is never short of the kind of wit, humour, and drollery that has been strangled by contemporary political correctness.


Product Details

Title: The Cooking Of Books
Author: Ramachandra Guha
Publisher: Juggernaut
SKU: BK0485884
EAN: 9789353457099
Number Of Pages: 264
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover
Country Of Origin: India
Release date: 29 January 2024

About Author

Ramachandra Guha’s many books include a pioneering environmental history, The Unquiet Woods; a landmark history of his country, India After Gandhi; and an authoritative biography of Mahatma Gandhi, both volumes of which were chosen by the New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year.Having previously taught at Stanford, the Indian Institute of Science, and the London School of Economics, he is currently Distinguished University Professor at Krea University. Guha’s awards include the LeopoldHidy Prize of the American Society of Environmental History, the Howard Milton Award of the British Society for Sports History, and the Fukuoka Prize for contributions to Asian culture. He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate in the humanities from Yale University.

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