Suketu Mehta: “Alienation: The Sadness of Cities”

Each city has its own sadness: loneliness, inequality, slums. After we have stayed in a city awhile, it becomes mapped with love, experienced and lost. The conjunctions between poetry and urbanism.

What is the city but the people?” asks Shakespeare in Coriolanus. In this series of lectures, writer Suketu Mehta looks at the urban human being, exploring themes of migration, loneliness, and community in the world’s cities. Mehta is author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found (2004), which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He has won the Whiting Writers Award and an O. Henry Prize for his essays and fiction, which have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Harper’s, Time, and Newsweek, and featured on NPR’s “Fresh Air” and “All Things Considered.” Mehta is currently working on a book about immigrants in contemporary New York, for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

For information on the other lectures in this series see links below: 

Suketu Mehta: “Migration: Storytelling the City”

Suketu Mehta: “Community: What is the City but the People? “

Cosponsored by the South Asia Institute at Harvard University

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