Exciting new book on the horizon: “AIDS Sutra”

It’s not often that my inner English major gets excited about something in the AIDS advocacy universe, but today it happened.  According to the BBC, 16 authors — including the legenday Salman Rushdie and other acclaimed writers — have produced Aids Sutra: Untold Stories from India, a book of essays looking at the many individual faces of HIV/AIDS in India.

According to the article:

“For the project, 16 writers travelled across the country to talk to housewives, vigilantes, homosexuals, drug addicts, policemen and sex workers – and served up engaging essays on the disease and its fallout in India.”

They include Booker Prize-winners Sir Salman Rushdie and Kiran Desai; Vikram Seth, the celebrated author of A Suitable Boy; and internationally-acclaimed writer and historian William Dalrymple.

Other contributors include novelist Amit Chaudhuri, leading Bengali writer Sunil Gangopadhyay, historian-writer Mukul Kesavan and popular novelist Shobhaa De.

“This [anthology] is a huge achievement… it is critically important to recognise that the Aids epidemic is primarily a crisis of human lives… We are in it together,” says Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen in the foreword.

You’ll have to read the whole article to really get a feel for it, but this book sounds really, really good.  It’s set to be released on October 14 . . . I’ve already pre-ordered it.  Anyway, just thought I’d let you all know!

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~ by h.e.g. on August 13, 2008.

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