Nobody Does the Right Thing


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Duke University Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.72 inches | 0.72 pounds
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About the Author

Amitava Kumar is a novelist, poet, journalist, and Professor of English at Vassar College. He is the author of Husband of a Fanatic, a New York Times "Editors' Choice"; Bombay-London-New York, a New Statesman (UK) "Book of the Year"; and Passport Photos. He is the editor of several books, including Away: The Indian Writer as an Expatriate, The Humour and the Pity: Essays on V. S. Naipaul, and World Bank Literature. He is also an editor of the online journal Politics and Culture and the screenwriter and narrator of the prize-winning documentary film Pure Chutney. Kumar's writing has appeared in the Nation, Harper's, Vanity Fair, American Prospect, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Hindu, and other publications in North America and India.


"Nobody Does the Right Thing imaginatively portrays the forces shaping contemporary India, and it is a remarkable reader of mass culture and popular narrative forms, of the worlds of Hindi cinema, pulp fiction, sensational journalism, and globalized media."--Siddhartha Deb, author of An Outline of the Republic and The Point of Return
"Nobody Does the Right Thing is a deeply compassionate novel about art, life, and everything that lies in between."--Laila Lalami, author of Secret Son
"Nobody Does the Right Thing is a quietly but deeply impressive novel. It not only takes us into the living, ambivalent textures of an India that is relatively little written about: the India of villages, highways, second-class train compartments, and old but second-rate metropolises. It also transforms itself, in the process, into an exemplar of how that variegated terrain might be addressed."--Amit Chaudhuri, author of The Immortals
"To know a country so you have its dirt beneath your fingernails is a difficult thing. Read Nobody Does the Right Thing and you will have India beneath your fingernails."--Akhil Sharma, author of An Obedient Father