Novel on struggle between English and Indian societies in post-war era


Antara Dev Sen, senior journalist and daughter of Nobel Prize–winning economist Amartya Sen and novelist Nabaneeta Dev Sen released Abhijit Gupta’s first ever novel, The Copper Sky at New Delhi. The launch was followed by an in-depth conversation between the author and Sen. Prof Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharjee, former director of National Book Trust and presently director, Niyogi Books summed up the proceedings.

The book, published by Niyogi Book, highlights the struggle that an Indian student faced in post-war London—between two cultures, two value systems, two ways of life—and love. “We’re the lost generation,” he cries in anguish.

The Copper Sky is the story of Amar Das who arrives to study at the London School of Economics in 1950s. The release from the war-torn skies and the daily threat of death had unleashed a tide of unprecedented pleasure-seeking, which swept over hidebound English society.

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