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Jonahwhale

Jonahwhale

Ranjit Hoskote
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‘Ambitious, sophisticated and charged . . . an astonishing achievement’ Ruth Padel

Jonahwhale,
in three beautiful movements, takes on very current themes in its playful, mostly aquatic scope, moving from the ocean to the river Ganga to Bombay’s Marine Drive waterfront. It invokes the narratives of Biblical prophet Jonah, who escapes death by spending three nights in the belly of a whale, and Melville’s Moby Dick, whose obsessive Captain Ahab chases the eponymous whale who bit off his leg. These poems resurrect the diverse figures who ran ships along the global trade routes of the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Hoskote reflects on the city at war with itself, and a planet embattled by ecological and political crisis.

At the heart of the rich, wide-ranging canvas, Hoskote puts into play the idea of cultural confluence. A sophisticated project in anamnesia, Jonahwhale retrieves fragments and episodes from the multiple pasts that we inherit; it makes an inquiry into the unregarded legacies of the colonial encounter at sea rather than on land. Ambitious, accessible and rejoicing in the language and beauty of the many stunning connections it makes, this new book establishes Hoskote as one of our most gifted contemporary poets.

Imprint: India Hamish Hamilton

Published: Jan/2018

ISBN: 9780670090235

Length : 160 Pages

MRP : ₹499.00

Jonahwhale

Ranjit Hoskote
,
Ranjit Hoskote

‘Ambitious, sophisticated and charged . . . an astonishing achievement’ Ruth Padel

Jonahwhale,
in three beautiful movements, takes on very current themes in its playful, mostly aquatic scope, moving from the ocean to the river Ganga to Bombay’s Marine Drive waterfront. It invokes the narratives of Biblical prophet Jonah, who escapes death by spending three nights in the belly of a whale, and Melville’s Moby Dick, whose obsessive Captain Ahab chases the eponymous whale who bit off his leg. These poems resurrect the diverse figures who ran ships along the global trade routes of the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Hoskote reflects on the city at war with itself, and a planet embattled by ecological and political crisis.

At the heart of the rich, wide-ranging canvas, Hoskote puts into play the idea of cultural confluence. A sophisticated project in anamnesia, Jonahwhale retrieves fragments and episodes from the multiple pasts that we inherit; it makes an inquiry into the unregarded legacies of the colonial encounter at sea rather than on land. Ambitious, accessible and rejoicing in the language and beauty of the many stunning connections it makes, this new book establishes Hoskote as one of our most gifted contemporary poets.

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Ranjit Hoskote

Ranjit Hoskote is a poet, cultural theorist and curator. His previous collections include Jonahwhale, Hunchprose among many others. He has received the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Award, the Sahitya Akademi Translation Award, the S.H Raza Award for Literature and the JLF researcher-in-residence at BAK, Utrecht. His poems have been translated into German, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Irish, Swedish, Spanish and Arabic.

Ranjit Hoskote

Ranjit Hoskote is an acclaimed poet, translator, cultural theorist and curator. He is the author of eight collections of poetry, including Jonahwhale (2018), Hunchprose (2021) and Icelight (2023). His translation of a fourteenth-century Kashmiri woman mystic’s poetry, I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded (2013), was honoured with the Sahitya Akademi Translation Award. Hoskote has received, among other honours, the S H Raza Award for Literature and the JLF-Mahakavi Kanhaiyalal Sethia Award for Poetry. He serves on the editorial board of the Murty Classical Library of India, which is a part of the Harvard University Press.

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