The Casual Academic: A Literary Podcast
About This Show
In-depth literary discussion without the pretence. Just good books. Based out of Madrid, Spain, we compress big ideas and in-depth discussion of literature into a digestible, entertaining format.
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Episode 28 - Untouchability, Inaction and "The Seventh Seal" in U.R. Ananthamurthy's "Samskara"
4 days ago
Overlooked Authors on The Casual Academic has begun! We discuss our first featured book, U.R. Ananthamurthy's classic "Samskara: A Rite for a Dead Man," translated by A.K. Ramanujan. Our conversation centers on the binary Ananthamurthy sets between the arcane and the modern, religion vs. rationalism, and action vs. inaction in a very Indian context.
We also dive into one of Ananthamurthy's major influences, Ingmar Bergman's classic film "The Seventh Seal," and how our featured author found the inspiration to write what is now considered a classic of Indian literature.
We hope you enjoy the episode, and we want to give a special thanks to NYRB Classics for collaborating with us during our Overlooked Authors Series. As always, join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and if you need a copy of "Samskara," head over to the NYRB Classics webpage and pick one up! Happy Listening
Rated 5 out of
Must-listen literature podcast! Some real witty commentary here about some famous and not-so-famous authors. I really liked it and highly recommend it.
Date published: 2016-05-04