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Sudeep Sen – Anthropocene: Climate Change, Contagion, Consolation


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Anthropocene is an impassioned and heartfelt response to the intersecting planetary crises of our time. It is of the utmost importance that voices from the global South bear witness to the multiple catastrophes that are now unfolding around us’ Amitav Ghosh

‘Sudeep Sen is a shining star in India’s poetic firmament’ William Dalrymple

Anthropocene, by one of India’s most important contemporary writers, focuses on today’s most urgent and important topics: climate change and pandemics – and the possibility of consolation.

Written during lockdown, Sudeep Sen’s Anthropocene dissects the climate emergency and Covid crisis in India. A prolific poet, he draws on a variety of forms – including prose poetry, haiku, flash fiction, reportage, poetry, photography – to provide vivid snapshots of India in a time of global warming. A thought-provoking book which captures the zeitgeist of our age.

‘Deftly tackling urgent issues of climate change and the pandemic by subtly juxtaposing the sciences and the arts, Sudeep Sen’s Anthropocene is one of the most important books of 2021’ Jhilam Chattaraj, The Hindustan Times (New Delhi, India)

‘Sudeep Sen’s poems are a present which bring – like all true poetry – so much companionship’ John Berger

Sudeep Sen’s works have been translated into 25 languages, and include Postmarked India: New and Selected Poems, Fractals: New and Selected PoemsTranslations 1980-2015RainAria and Kaifi Azmi. Influential anthologies edited by him include The HarperCollins Book of English PoetryWorld English Poetry, and Modern English Poetry by Younger Indians, and his work has appeared in TLSFinancial TimesGuardianObserver and Telegraph, and Newsweekand been broadcast on the BBC, PBS, CNN, IBN, NDTV, All India Radio and Doordarshan. Sen is the only Asian who has been honoured by being asked to deliver the Derek Walcott Lecture and to read at the Nobel Laureate Festival (in 2013).


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