Saturday, April 11, 2009

What is Sudhir Kakar reading?

The current featured contributor to Writers Read: Sudhir Kakar, a psychoanalyst and writer who lives in Goa, India.

His many books include the non-fiction titles The Inner World (now in its 16th printing since its first publication in 1978), Shamans, Mystics and Doctors, The Analyst and the Mystic, Culture and Psyche, The Colors of Violence, and Mad and Divine: Spirit and Psyche in the Modern World, as well as the novels The Ascetic of Desire, Ecstasy, and Mira and the Mahatma.

One book from his entry:
Atomised by Michel Houellebecq.

Winner of the IMPAC Dublin Award, the most prestigious prize in international literary fiction, this is a fascinating novel of ideas that showcases the author’s abhorrence of the lifestyles and the underlying values of the modern world. It is spiced with some of the filthiest sex scenes in contemporary literature that, however, evoke disgust more than prurience.[read on]
Read about Sudhir Kakar's five favorite books about India.

Writers Read: Sudhir Kakar.

Visit Sudhir Kakar's website.

--Marshal Zeringue