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Nirad G. Chaudhuri's autobiography is one of the classic of contemporary Indian literature. When it was first published in 1951 it was instantly acclaimed. and provoked a furious debate for its controversial insights into India and European history.Autobiography of an Unknown Indian is both a profoundly analysis of twentieth-century historical trends as the personal story of an erudite, humane and civilized man. Chaudhuri begins the book with an elegant and beautifully remembered account of his childhood in rural Bengal and lakes us 111 rough the Calcutta of his youth. In addition, he gives the reader a lucid exposition of Hinduism beginning with its birth in the Yedic ages, lie examines the nineteenth-century Hindu revivalism of Swam Vivekananda. and probes the roots of the chronic Hindu-Muslim antagonism that plagues Indian society even today. Nirad Chaudhuri also offers penetrating insights into what he believes caused the pa partition of India in 1947.As V.S. Naipaul says, 'Chaudhuri's Autobiography may be the one book to have come out of the Indo-English encounter. It has Withstood the lest of time. and is still considered the author's greatest Work.Printed Pages: 582.