About In an Antique Land: a book discussion with Bishupal Limbu
Friday, May 24, 2013 - 2:30pm
About In an Antique Land: a book discussion with Bishupal Limbu

Multnomah County Library, Central Library, 801 SW 10th Avenue
Free & open to the public

About In an Antique Land

This multi-generic book moves back and forth between Amitav Ghosh's experience living in small villages and towns in the Nile Delta and his reconstruction of a Jewish trader and his slave's lives in the eleventh century. Mixing conversation and research, imagination and scholarship, it is also a charged, eccentric history of the special relationship between two countries, Egypt and India, through nearly ten centuries of parochialism and sympathy, bigotry and affection.

Free copies of the book are available to the first 10 people to RSVP:


Bishupal Limbu is Assistant Professor of English at Portland State University. He has lived and worked in Europe and Asia and spent time in North Africa. His interests include theories of cosmopolitanism, diaspora, and translation, ethics and human rights, and contemporary Anglophone and Francophone fiction. He has published on the postcolonial strategy of literary cannibalism, the representation of refugees, and figurations of democracy and the enlightenment in literature and film from the global South.


The Portland State University Middle East Studies Center Lecture Series podcast features audio recordings from the series, including this event. Download the audio podcast of this lecture or subscribe to the podcase to receive future episodes by clicking here.

Other resources

Messages from an Antique Land: PSU English professor to lecture at Central Library, PSU Vanguard, May 20, 2013


Co-sponsored by the Multnomah County Public Library and the Oregon Council of the Social Studies and presented by the Portland State University Library and Middle East Studies Center with support from the U.S. Institute of Peace Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative and featuring some of the resources in the  Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys, a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

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