The Blue Book A Writer's Journal

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  • Pub Date: January 2022
  • Author : Amitava Kumar
  • Imprint:HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 9789354893742
  • Cover Price: 􀔒􀀃699.00 inclusive of all taxes
  • Page Extent: 176 Pages
  • Category: Non Fiction
  • Format Description: Other Paperback
  • Rights: Indian Subcontinent

About the Book

Drawing as a way of keeping a diary, writing down thoughts in a journal as a way of maintaining a historical record - in watercolours and also in words.

These were resources that Amitava Kumar had been using even before the pandemic arrived. But the task gained urgency just when he felt most isolated and afraid. The Blue Book is a writer's artistic response to our present world: one that has bestowed upon us countless deaths from a virus, a flood of fake news, but also love in the face of loss, travels through diverse landscapes, and - if we care to notice - visions of blazing beauty.

From one of the acclaimed and accomplished authors of our time, this writer's journal is a panoramic portrait of the experience, both individual and collective, of the pandemic.


Amitava Kumar is the author of several books of non-fiction and three novels. His work has appeared in Granta, the New York Times, Harper's, and several other publications. He has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship and residencies from Yaddo, MacDowell and the Lannan Foundation. His novel Immigrant, Montana was on the Best of the Year lists at the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Barack Obama's list of favourite books of 2018. His new novel A Time Outside This Time has been described by Pulitzer-winner Ayad Akhtar as 􀂵an absorbing portrait of an inspired artist in the midst of our maddening cultural moment'. Kumar is professor of English at Vassar College in upstate New York.

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