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Indian-origin author's novel introduced in Canadian University

An Indo-Canadian author's debut novel has been selected to join the works of literary greats like Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, Salman Rushdie, Rudyard Kipling and E M Forster in the BA Honours English Programmme at a Canadian university.

india Updated: Apr 21, 2010 11:59 IST

An Indo-Canadian author's debut novel has been selected to join the works of literary greats like Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, Salman Rushdie, Rudyard Kipling and E M Forster in the BA Honours English Programmme at a Canadian university.

Bee-Bee Mukherjee's literary debut That European Summer prompted noted British judge Patrick Garland to describe it as "a sensitively crafted and emotionally perceptive account of chaste love across national and religious boundaries evoking a lost age when morality mattered and self discipline and sacrifice still had meaning."

The novel, selected for the Algoma University's programme, is peppered with generous dollops of French -- a homage to Canada's bilingual culture.

Furthermore, it features real-life experiences of the author's interactions with the likes of Lord Denning -- widely praised as "the most influential judge of the 20th century", media reports said yesterday.

In "That European Summer", a nubile beauty from India and a blue-eyed aristocrat from Austria travel through 1960's Europe as they live, speak and breathe what love inspires.

"The feedback has been overwhelming as the novel gives the older generation so much to reminisce over and yet introduces the youth to a relationship prototype far more spiritually profound and meaningful than what present pop culture glorifies," Mukherjee said.