Raghu Karnad | Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War

Reading - Literary | October 7 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Raghu Karnad, Journalist and Writer

 Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Art Forum

Join us for a talk by Indian journalist and writer, and a recipient of the Windham–Campbell Literature Prize for Non-Fiction for 2019, Raghu Karnad.

Author Bio
Born in Mumbai and raised in Bengaluru, India, Raghu Karnad is the author of Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War (2015). In this stylish and exactingly researched work, Karnad narrates the lost epic of India's war through the lives of five young people—Karnad’s grandfather among them—who were drawn into it. Resurrecting diaries and documents, Karnad uses fragmented evidence and testimony to build an account that he calls “forensic nonfiction,” as he untwines the fates of his subjects, from their schooldays in South India to their experiences of war, from the Arabian desert to the Burmese jungle. Cadenced and confident, luminous and expansive, Farthest Field represents an astonishing union of imagination and archival research in which the bitter ironies of family, loss, memory, and national identity are deeply explored and exceptionally told.

Karnad has won several awards for his writing, including the Windham–Campbell Literature Prize for Non-Fiction (2019), the Shaitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar (2016), the Lorenzo Natali Journalism Prize (2008), and a Press Institute of India National Award (2008). A graduate of Swarthmore College and St. Cross College, Oxford University, he is chief of bureau and editor-at-large for theWire.in, an independent news website that he helped to found in 2015.

Event made possible with the support of the Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

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The event is FREE and OPEN to the public.

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