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Jejuri

by Arun Kolatkar - £8.99  The New York Review of Books, Inc (2006)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781590171639 | ISBN 10: 1590171632

A sequence of stunningly simple but haunting poems, Jejuri is one of the great books of modern India.
 
Jejuri is a site of pilgrimage 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, and many shrines, and mythic history of sages and gods, Kolatkar's poem presents an image 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 un a degenerate world.
 
Spare, comic, sorrowful, singing, Jejuri is the work of a writer with a unique and visionary voice.

" Jejuri, Arun Kolatkar's sprightly, clear-sighted, deeply felt poem cycle, is widely recognised in India as a modern classic. I am delighted that this invaluable new edition makes Kolatkar's work available to an international readership. It is one of the great treasures of modern Indian literature."
(Salman Rushdie)

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