Amartya Sen’s ‘home’ is much too crowded to hold narrative appeal4 min read . Updated: 18 Jul 2021, 09:25 PM IST
The Nobel laureate’s memoir is packed with references to people who populated his life but at the cost of its intellectual thread
Amartya Sen has packed a rapid-fire history of ideas along with a directory of friends and luminaries into a 310-page Penguin book called Home in the World: A Memoir. As a feat, it is awesome that he can do that and not leave the reader feeling a bit dazed—that it is like a directory of names, with small footnotes on why that person appeared in his life. But it is typical of Amartya—whom I have known as a friend since the 1950s, a fact that he affirms—as he is generous to others.
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