Upon its publication in India in 2011, Aman Sethi’s A Free Man: A True Story of Life and Death in Delhi was immediately acclaimed by the likes of Arundhati Roy, Michael Ondaatje, Katherine Boo, and Siddhartha Mukherjee as a masterpiece of investigative journalism and nonfiction writing. A portrait of Mohammed Ashraf—once a biology student, later a butcher, tailor, and electrician’s apprentice, and now a homeless day laborer—it is an intimate, funny, and vivid account of one man’s persistence in the face of crushing poverty, as well as a supremely telling evocation of the urban and economic transformations in modern India.
The evening will begin with an introduction by Sukhdev Sandhu, followed by Sethi reading from A Free Man and then a wide-ranging conversation with the novelist and essayist Teju Cole, whose writings about cities such as New York, Brussels, and Lagos have been widely praised. There will be a Q & A with the audience and both authors will be available after the event for book-signing.
Free and open to the public.