Novelist Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya to speak at Union

Publication Date

Novelist Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya, whose latest book, The Watch, relocates Sophocles' Antigone in present-day Afghanistan, will speak Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the Nott Memorial.

His talk, "Alone Against Tyranny: Antigone as an Inspiration for Our Time," is free and open to the public.

Like Sophocles, Roy-Bhattacharya tells the story of a sister who defies civil and military authority in an effort to bury a brother who has died in battle against that authority.

Other books by Roy-Bhattacharya include The Gabriel Club and The Story of Marrakesh.

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.

The talk is sponsored by the Office of Campus Diversity, Classics, Interdisciplinary Programs and Religious Studies.