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This affecting true crime book by a California film producer tells the story of two young people in the Berkeley of 1968 whose relationship proved to be a tragedy. They were from vastly different cultures: Prosenjit Poddar, a naval architecture student at the University of California, was from India's Untouchables, and knew nothing about young Americans, their attitudes, their dating rituals. Tanya Tarasoff, a junior college student, knew even less about Indian customs. Additionally, their personality problems were acute: he was a single-minded individual whose obsession with his work turned into an obsession for Tanya, while she, immature, insecure and the product of a home dominated by an alcoholic bully of a father, manipulated her power over Poddar, alternately luring and rejecting him. A psychiatrist who treated him predicted violence, but got no cooperation from the police. Poddar was found guilty of killing the young woman and was eventually deported after his conviction was overturned. Photos not seen by PW. (June 30pTHE LIFE OF A REAL GIRL: An Autobi
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In 1968, Prosenjit Poddar, 23, made the remarkable transition from Indian untouchable to graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley. Completely ignorant of American dating customs, he met Tanya Tarasoff, 19, a junior college student, at a folk dance. What for Tanya was only a casual, sometimes ego-boosting, sometimes annoying, friendship, became for Prosenjit an all-consuming, mad obsession. Despite psychiatric counseling for Prosenjit, the affair ended when he stabbed Tanya to death at her parents' home. Blum, a Berkeley student herself at the time, captures the essence of people and place in this dramatized, perceptive, and riveting account of an ill-fated relationship doomed by cultural conflicts. Recommended. Gregor A. Pres ton, Univ. of California Lib., Davis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689116179
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 6/28/1986
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 320

Meet the Author

Deborah Blum

Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah Blum is a professor of science journalism at the University of Wisconsin. She worked as a newspaper science writer for twenty years, winning the Pulitzer in 1992 for her writing about primate research, which she turned into a book, The Monkey Wars (Oxford, 1994). Her other books include Sex on the Brain (Viking, 1997) and Love at Goon Park (Perseus, 2002). She has written about scientific research for The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Discover, Health, Psychology Today, and Mother Jones.

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