When Suketu Mehta returned to Bombay, the city of his youth, he was confounded by the teeming, filthy, and yet sometimes alluringly exotic metropolis before him -- and captured this encounter in an arresting account, Maximum City.
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Brooklyn, New York
Place of Birth:
B.A., New York University; M.F.A. (Fiction), University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop
Whiting Writers’ Award, 1997; O. Henry Prize, 1998; New York Foundation for the Arts Fiction Fellowship in Fiction, 1998
Suketu Mehta's official web site
|2004 Discover Great New Writers Award Finalist|
|Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found|
“The gentle -- and genteel -- world of Mehta's remembered childhood no longer exists. Mumbai is overpowering, exhausting, violent and chaotic -- an unrelenting megalopolis…. Maximum City is narrative reporting at its finest," The New York Times raves of this 2004 Discover Great New Writers Award finalist.
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|A Writer's Rituals|
|In our exclusive interview, we asked Mehta about his writing routine. "Like all writers, I vant to be alone," he reveals. "I drink coffee all through the morning when I’m writing, on an empty stomach. I understand Balzac did the same. Sometimes I like to write in the midnight hour, with a glass of wine; it’s a very different mood that enters the work then."|
|Life: A User's Manual|
Georges Perec, David Bellos (trans.)
We asked Mehta to tell us about some of his favorite books. He put Life: A User's Manual on his list, calling it "a dazzling crossword puzzle of a novel about the stories of the residents of an apartment building in Paris."
Mehta also named Salman Rushdie's acclaimed Midnight's Children as a best-loved book. "For me, this was a revelation. This was my Bombay, and this was a new way to write in my language," he reflects. Read our interview to learn more about Mehta's reading recomendations, including:
|Photo by Jerry Bauer||