English, August: An Indian Story
Author: Upamanyu Chatterjee
9780571345892 | PB | pp. 352 | 2018 | Faber and Faber
English, August is a comic masterpiece from contemporary India, hailed as India’s Catcher in the Rye. Agastya Sen also known as August finds himself surrounded by incompetents and cranks, time wasters, bureaucrats, and crazies. What to do?
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Agastya Sen, known to friends by the English name August, is a child of the Indian elite. His friends go to Yale and Harvard. August himself has just landed a prize government job, which takes him to Madna – a town with the highest temperatures in India – deep in the sticks. There he finds himself surrounded by incompetents and cranks, time wasters, bureaucrats, and crazies. What to do? Get stoned, shirk work, collapse in the heat, stare at the ceiling. Dealing with the locals turns out to be much easier than living with himself.
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