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A Day in the Life

Winner | Book Awards 2019 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)

A Day in the Life

Author: Anjum Hasan
Publisher: Penguin Random House India

Award Category: Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
About the Book: 

Quixotic nonconformists in small towns and young newly-weds trying to keep up with the times; a forlorn retiree helpless in the face of contemporary anger and a middle-class woman's bond with her maid. Fourteen well-crafted stories give us a sense of the daily life of a wide cast of characters. Hasan's protagonists are, as always, inward-looking, and whimsical and vulnerable outliers. Where is their place in the new order, where have they come from and where are they going?
Quietly devastating, subtly subversive and wonderfully wry, Hasan is a home-grown talent whose stories are increasingly the good address for authentic Indian fiction.

About the Author: 

Author of the novels The Cosmopolitans (Hamish Hamilton, 2015) Neti, Neti (India Ink/Roli, 2009) and Lunatic in my Head (Penguin Zubaan, 2007), the short fiction collection Difficult Pleasures (Penguin Viking, 2012), and the book of poems Street on the Hill (Sahitya Akademi, 2006).

Lunatic in my Head and Neti, Neti appeared from Brass Monkey Books, Australia, the latter under the title Big Girl Now. A Swedish translation of Neti, Neti appeared as Bort, Bort from Ordfront publishers. Street on the Hill appeared as Gata På Toppen Av En Ås in Norwegian.

My books have been nominated for various awards including the Man Asian Literary Prize, the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, the Hindu Best Fiction Award and the Crossword Fiction Award. My short stories, essays and poems are widely published including in Granta and Griffith Review, as well as in Five Dials, Wasafiri, Drawbridge, Los Angeles Review of Books, Asia Literary Review and anthologies such as A Clutch of Indian Masterpieces: Extraordinary Short Stories from the 19th Century to the Present, Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry From the Middle East, Asia and Beyond, The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets and The Popcorn Essayists: What Films do To Writers.

Currently books editor at The Caravan, India’s leading magazine of long-form reporting and essays.


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