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Mar 21, 2012 at 07:02pm IST

Penguin India acquires publishing rights for Amit Chaudhuri

New Delhi: In what is a landmark acquisition, Penguin Books India has acquired the Indian subcontinent rights to publish the acclaimed author Amit Chaudhuri's works. Penguin will be bringing out all his new writings, in addition to publishing the backlist.

The first book by Amit Chaudhuri to be published by Penguin will be on Calcutta, which would be one of the most important non-fiction titles that Penguin will release next year.

Speaking on this wonderful acquisition, Chiki Sarkar, Editor-in-chief Penguin India says, "Amit Chaudhuri is one of our finest writers – and one of the best known and most critically acclaimed of Indian writers writing in English. We are delighted that he is moving to PBI with his entire backlist."

Penguin India to publish Amit Chaudhuri's works

Penguin Books India has acquired the Indian subcontinent rights to publish author Amit Chaudhuri's works.

On publishing with Penguin Books India, Amit Chaudhuri says, "Penguin India's reputation in the Indian publishing industry is, with good reason, unrivalled, and I'm delighted to pass on my future publications as well as my backlist to them. I'm also happy to be moving to them at a time when they've acquired a dynamic new publisher in Chiki Sarkar, whose enthusiasm and commitment to my writing convinced me that my books would be in good hands."

Amit Chaudhuri is one of the most well-known and praised writers of his generation whose writing has been celebrated repeatedly in the UK, the US, India, and other parts of the world. He is the author of the five highly acclaimed novels. The first, A Strange and Sublime Address won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and Betty Trask Award and the second, Afternoon Raag (1993), won the Society of Authors' Encore Prize for best second novel and the Southern Arts Literature Prize. Both books were shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize. The others such as Freedom Song (Los Angeles Times Book Prize), A New World (Sahitya Akademi Award), and most recently The Immortals have also received favourable reviews. He has also edited the influential Picador Book of Modern Indian Literature, and has been the recipient of several national and international awards.

With Amit Chaudhuri joining its distinguished list of authors, Penguin now publishes virtually every major fiction and non-fiction Indian author writing in English today.

An internationally recognized Indian English author and critic, Amit is currently the Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Over the years, Amit's books have received critical acclaims and have become a rage among bibliophiles.

This year Penguin came out with Amit Chaudhuri's masterly essays on Tagore titled On Tagore: Reading the Poet today which has been extremely well-received by readers.

This new literary acquisition by Penguin India promises, as always, to bring the newest and the best books in the world of Indian readers, and will add to Penguin India's extremely impressive and varied fiction list, featuring the majority of India's leading writers as well as a selection of international literary sensations.