KITAB KHANA and THE JEHANGIR SABAVALA FOUNDATION invite you to the launch of the book “ESCAPE ARTIST” by Sridala Swami on 8th August, 2014 at 6:00 pm.

6:00 pm

Dear Readers,
Date: Friday, 8 August 2015
Time: 6 pm
Venue: Kitab Khana
The Author Sridala Swami will be in the conversation with Ranjit Hoskote and Jerry Pinto.
About the Book:
Sridala Swami's Escape Artist maps the dilemmas of the bodied self, and offers a diviner's eloquent testimony to survival in a world of dissolving certitudes, precarious relationships, transcontinental mobility and political cataclysm. Poised, subtle, luminous, Swami's poetry clothes the ephemera of everyday life in an intimate tangibility and secures them against the insistent attritions of history and nature. The finely gauged frame is Swami's chosen instrument. Through it, she effects surprising juxtapositions of myth and contemporary experience, investigates whether the finality of extinction is preferable to the self-parody of repetition, revisits Paul Celan's cryptic notations, Odilon Redon's enigmatic images, Abbas Kiarostami's deceptively quotidian cinema, and pays homage to that re-discoverer of lost myths, Giorgos Seferis. At the Core Escape Artist is a visceral awareness of what words can do: they can induce "temporary insanity", voice "inaudible stories", and remind us that "the measure of love is not loss but residue".
About the Author:
Sridala Swami's Escape Artist, published by the Aleph Book Company (2014), is the first book to appear under the aegis of the Jehangir Sabavala Foundation (JSF). The Foundation was established to promote the lifelong interest that the late Jehangir Sabavala (1922-2011), one of India's most distinguished modernist artists, took in the visual arts and in poetry. As part of its commitment to poetry, JSF has undertaken to support the publication of one book of poems every year, and is proud to inaugurate the series with Sridala Swami's new collection.
Sridala Swami is a poet, essayist and photographer. She was educated at the Rishi Valley School, Lady Sriram College, Delhi, and the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. Her first collection of poems, A Reluctant Survivor (2007), was published by the Sahitya Akademi/ National Academy of Letters. It was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Award. Swami has written four books for children, published by Pratham Books in 2009 and 2012. She was the 2011 Charles Wallace writer-in-residence at the University of Stirling, Scotland, and was a Fellow of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, 2013.


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