Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race (Exploded Views) (Paperback)

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No two curries are the same. This Curry asks why the dish is supposed to represent everything brown people eat, read, and do.

Curry is a dish that doesn't quite exist, but, as this wildly funny and sharp essay points out, a dish that doesn't properly exist can have infinite, equally authentic variations. By grappling with novels, recipes, travelogues, pop culture, and his own upbringing, Naben Ruthnum depicts how the distinctive taste of curry has often become maladroit shorthand for brown identity. With the sardonic wit of Gita Mehta's Karma Cola and the refined, obsessive palette of Bill Buford's Heat, Ruthnum sinks his teeth into the story of how the beloved flavor calcified into an aesthetic genre that limits the imaginations of writers, readers, and eaters. Following in the footsteps of Salman Rushdie's Imaginary Homelands, Curry cracks open anew the staid narrative of an authentically Indian diasporic experience.

About the Author

Naben Ruthnum won the Journey Prize for his short fiction, and has been a National Post books columnist and written books and cultural criticism for the Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, and the Walrus. His crime fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Joyland, and his pseudonym Nathan Ripley's first novel will appear in 2018. His Journey-prize winning story "Cinema Rex" seeded the ideas in Curry: Eating, Reading and Race.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781552453513
ISBN-10: 1552453510
Publisher: Coach House Books
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: Exploded Views