Amitava Kumar quote

"Michael Ondaatje’s work taught me how to be at home in fragments, and how to think about a big story in carefully curated vignettes. All his books were odd, all of them ‘unfinished’ the way Chopin’s Études are unfinished: no wasted gestures, no unnecessary notes."

Amitava Kumar

Born: March 17, 1963

Occupation: Writer

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