Books The Lives of Others
Nominations Man Booker Prize
Name Neel Mukherjee
|Alma mater Jadavpur University
University College, Oxford
Pembroke College, Cambridge
University of East Anglia|
Notable works A Life Apart, The Lives of Others
Notable awards Crossword Book Award (2008) Encore Award (2015)
Education University of Cambridge, Jadavpur University
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Neel mukherjee indian writer and author
Neel Mukherjee (born 1970) is an India-born writer who lives in London and writes in English. He is the author of several critically acclaimed novels.
- Neel mukherjee indian writer and author
- Writers rachida lamrabet neel mukherjee in conversation part 1 free word
- Past Continuous or A Life Apart
- The Lives of Others
- A State of Freedom
His first novel, Past Continuous, won the Vodafone-Crossword Book Award in 2008 and several more awards when republished in the U.K. in 2010. His second novel, The Lives of Others was shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize and won the Encore Award.
Writers rachida lamrabet neel mukherjee in conversation part 1 free word
Mukherjee was educated at Don Bosco School, Park Circus, Kolkata. He studied English at Jadavpur University and then attended University College, Oxford, on a Rhodes Scholarship, where he studied English and graduated in 1992. He completed his Ph.D. at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and graduated with an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in 2001.
He reviews fiction for a variety of publication in the U.K. and U.S., including The Times and Time Asia.
Describing the unexpected ease with which he wrote The Lives of Others, he described the process:
Writers rarely have access to that part of their heads where books originate. One can talk cogently of influences, plotting, putting a book together, structuring, editing, everything, really, but origins are a far cloudier issue, the domain of the unconscious, mostly, so not readily available for truthful discussion.... I don't know whether my book started life as the story of a joint family in Calcutta at a critical juncture in history or as a reckoning with an ultra-left movement for social justice and equality around which the domestic story was built.... [T]hat way of talking about a book as which narrative came first is always already too late because the origins lie far earlier.... [I]t was as if the book had already been there, waiting patiently to be let in; I only had to open the door.
Past Continuous or A Life Apart
Published in India in January 2008 as Past Continuous. Republished in the U.K. in January 2010 as A Life Apart
The Lives of Others
Published in May 2014
A State of Freedom
Published in July 2017)