Returning frequently to the theme of memory, Kumar (English, Penn State U.) draws on his own experience as an immigrant from India to the US in this collection of essays, poems, interviews, and literary criticism on an array of Indian writers, some western writers on India, and all manner of everyday realities. The three cities of the title refer to the main centers of the Indian diaspora. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR
This is a work of luminous imagination and tenderness. Amitava Kumar is a startling story teller: that rare cultural critic who writes from and for the heart. When last did any academic so successfully harmonize a love of language with a passion for ideas? This book will surely establish Kumar as one of the most eloquent, searching public intellectuals of his generation.