A sequence of stunningly simple but haunting poems, Jejuri is one of the great books of modern India. Jejuri is a site of pilgramage in author Arun Kolatkar's native state of Maharashtra, and Jejuri the poem is the record of a visit to the town -- a place that is as crassly commercial as it is holy, as modern and ruinous as it is ancient and enduring. Evoking the town's crowded streets, many shrines, and mythic history of sages and gods, Kolatkar's poem offers a rich description of India while at the same time performing a complex act of devotion. For the essence of the poem is a spiritual quest, the effort to find the divine trace in a degenerate world. Spare, comic, sorrowful, singing, Jejuri is the work of a writer with a unique and visionary voice.
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Author Biography - Arun Kolatkar
Arun Kolatkar (1932-2004) was born in the town of Kolhapur in the western Indian state of Maharashtra and attended the JJ School of Art in Bombay, the city in which he was to pursue a long and successful career as an art director in advertising. Jejuri, published by a small press in 1976, received the Commonwealth Poetry Prize. Kolatkar was also the author of four volumes of poetry in Marathi. Two long-awaited further collections in English, Kala Ghoda Poems and Sarpa Satra, appeared shortly before his death. AMIT CHAUDHURI is the author of Calcutta: Two Years in the City and five highly acclaimed novels, including A Strange and Sublime Address, Freedom Song and The Immortals. He is the recipient of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the Betty Trask Prize, the Encore Award, the LA Times Book Prize for fiction, the Indian government's Sahitya Akademi Award and the Infosys Prize for outstanding contribution to the humanities in literary studies. Also a poet, an acclaimed musician and critic, Amit Chaudhuri lives in Calcutta and Norwich.