Ranjit Hoskote

The Trail in Berlin

Ranjit Hoskote (IND)

Ranjit Hoskote was born in 1969 in Mumbai, where he is still living. He studied Political Science, English literature and Aesthetics at the Bombay Scottish School, Elphinstone College and Bombay University.

He is the author of 17 books, including Vanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems 1985-2005 (Penguin, 2006) and Die Ankunft der Vögel (Carl Hanser Verlag, 2006). One of his latest publications is Kampfabsage (Blessing Verlag, 2007) was jointly written by him and the Bulgarian-German writer, translator and publisher Ilija Trojanow. Cultures, they claim, are not static, and the present-day values cherished in the West would be unthinkable without long-term exchanges with the Arab, Turkish, Persian and Indian worlds.

His poems have appeared in many Indian and international magazines and his literary works have won him many prestigious awards including the Sanskriti Award for Literature (1996), and the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Award (2004). He has been writer in residence at the University of Iowa's International Writing Program and at Villa Waldberta, Munich. He is a cultural theorist, art critic, anthologist and editor. He is General Secretary of the PEN All-India Centre. As curator, he has organised numerous major exhibitions of Indian and international art. He was co-curator of the 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008).