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Sketches and Conversations Recalled

Price : $16.50
ISBN # : 9789380188065
Author : Chatterjee, Margaret
pages: 189
Edition : Paperback
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Promilla & Co.
Published : 2010

In this book the author's recollections about people and places, and also the conversations friends had with each other, continue her earlier Sketches from Memory which were inspired by the suggestion of a friend who knows her well. Her stress is on the rich treasury of stories of human relationships which tend to be swept aside by the historians' concern with specific events and the forces which determine directions of change. The author has chosen an innovative structure in which she presents a gallery of characters who grip the attention of the reader as they come into focus, and moreover, often ethical issues are raised which stimulate deep reflection. The conversations which are recalled in the second part of the book develop these issues further in a vivid dialogue form.



As a student Margaret Chatterjee read Modern Greats (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) at Oxford where she was awarded an exhibition at Somerville College. The background of her studies was always history. Subsequently she did intensive research on Gandhi's life and thought on which she has published eight books. Opportunities for teaching at university level in several countries brought her in contact with people from many cultures. She became increasingly interested in the life stories of those she met and her recent work recognises the stress on particular events and directions of change which historians perforce deal with in their own discipline, but maintains that it is most important to bear in mind the human interactions which take place between people regarded as ordinary but whom she believes are actually extraordinary.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Thursday 30 September, 2010.
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