Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya was born in Jamshedpur, India, and educated in philosophy and politics at Presidency College, Calcutta, and International Relations and German philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, he traveled to Eastern Europe in 1989 and 1990 and witnessed the Velvet Revolutions. He returned to East-Central Europe for the next four years, traveling in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Romania, visits that gave rise to his first novel, The Gabriel Club, set in Budapest and Vienna.
Following the publication of The Gabriel Club, Roy-Bhattacharya left academia in 1998 and became a full-time novelist. He spent the next seven years researching and writing what became a 2,400 page manuscript set in Germany between the wars. That project is on-going and supported by brief teaching stints at Bard College (2005-6) and the University at Albany (2007).
Meanwhile, in 2008, he set out to write a cycle of three discrete novels set in the Islamic world, both to redress the gross simplifications accorded that culture in the West, and to highlight aspects of the contemporary world's Muslim inheritance. The novels are:
The Storyteller of Marrakesh (dealing with oral storytelling traditions): 2011
Like A Perfect Circle Drawn on Water (set in Isfahan and dealing with calligraphy & Sufi poetry): 2014
Babylon (set in Iraq and dealing with the literary inheritance of the Baghdad Caliphate): 2015

Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya

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