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Moth : One of the Observer's 'Ten Debut Novelists' of 2021

Moth : One of the Observer's 'Ten Debut Novelists' of 2021

Publisher : Orion Publishing Co
SKU: 9781474619240
R 335,00
R 284,75
The powerful story of a Brahmin family in Delhi living through the chaos and heartbreak of Partition.
ONE OF THE OBSERVER'S 'TEN DEBUT NOVELISTS' OF 2021 'Powerful and heartbreaking... The book's primary and unflinching focus is the female members of the household, all drawn with such skill and love that they remain with you long after the final sentence' Observer 'Takes us right to the heart and the heat of Partition-era Delhi. A stunning, powerful work by a brave new voice in British fiction' Anna Hope, author of Expectation 'A powerful and moving story of a family caught up in the social unrest of post-Partition India. Every character springs from the page - the writer's skill and sympathy are immense' Clare Chambers, author of Small Pleasures Delhi, 1946 Ma and Bappu are liberal intellectuals teaching at the local university. Their fourteen year-old daughter - precocious, headstrong Alma - is soon to be married to a young man training to be a doctor: Alma is mostly interested in the wedding shoes and in spinning wild stories about evil spirits for her beloved younger sister Roop, a restless child obsessed with death. Times are bad for girls in India. The long-awaited independence from British rule is heralding a new era of hope, but also of anger and distrust: political unrest is brewing, threatening to unravel the rich tapestry of Delhi - a city where different cultures, religions and traditions have co-existed for centuries. When Partition happens and the British Raj is fractured overnight, the wonderful family we have come to love is violently torn apart, and its members - Ma and Bappu, Alma and Roop - are forced to find new and increasingly desperate ways to survive. But the resilience of the human spirit is an extraordinary thing... MEET THE FAMILY AT THE HEART OF MOTH: Alma: the beating heart of the novel. We meet her as a precocious 14-year old who becomes entangled with the chaos of Partition with devastating consequences Roop: Alma's younger sister. Obsessed with death, she is a fierce, funny and rather wild child trying to make sense of the destruction that has befallen her family Ma and Bappu: their dream of an independent India collapses under the weight of History. Ma's experience mirrors that of the many Indian women who were hoping for new freedom under an independent India - and had to face more harassment and insecurity instead And many more: the Muslim nanny, forced to hide in a water tank; the widowed house-keeper whose mission is to keep the family together; the old grandmother, obsessed with the family's honour and determined to preserve it no matter the cost...
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ISBN13 9781474619240
Publisher Orion Publishing Co
Contributor By (author) Melody Razak
Publication Date 2021-06-24
Language English
Format Paperback / softback
Pages 352
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 234 X 153 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 500
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ONE OF THE OBSERVER'S 'TEN DEBUT NOVELISTS' OF 2021 'Powerful and heartbreaking... The book's primary and unflinching focus is the female members of the household, all drawn with such skill and love that they remain with you long after the final sentence' Observer 'Takes us right to the heart and the heat of Partition-era Delhi. A stunning, powerful work by a brave new voice in British fiction' Anna Hope, author of Expectation 'A powerful and moving story of a family caught up in the social unrest of post-Partition India. Every character springs from the page - the writer's skill and sympathy are immense' Clare Chambers, author of Small Pleasures Delhi, 1946 Ma and Bappu are liberal intellectuals teaching at the local university. Their fourteen year-old daughter - precocious, headstrong Alma - is soon to be married to a young man training to be a doctor: Alma is mostly interested in the wedding shoes and in spinning wild stories about evil spirits for her beloved younger sister Roop, a restless child obsessed with death. Times are bad for girls in India. The long-awaited independence from British rule is heralding a new era of hope, but also of anger and distrust: political unrest is brewing, threatening to unravel the rich tapestry of Delhi - a city where different cultures, religions and traditions have co-existed for centuries. When Partition happens and the British Raj is fractured overnight, the wonderful family we have come to love is violently torn apart, and its members - Ma and Bappu, Alma and Roop - are forced to find new and increasingly desperate ways to survive. But the resilience of the human spirit is an extraordinary thing... MEET THE FAMILY AT THE HEART OF MOTH: Alma: the beating heart of the novel. We meet her as a precocious 14-year old who becomes entangled with the chaos of Partition with devastating consequences Roop: Alma's younger sister. Obsessed with death, she is a fierce, funny and rather wild child trying to make sense of the destruction that has befallen her family Ma and Bappu: their dream of an independent India collapses under the weight of History. Ma's experience mirrors that of the many Indian women who were hoping for new freedom under an independent India - and had to face more harassment and insecurity instead And many more: the Muslim nanny, forced to hide in a water tank; the widowed house-keeper whose mission is to keep the family together; the old grandmother, obsessed with the family's honour and determined to preserve it no matter the cost...
Products specifications
ISBN13 9781474619240
Publisher Orion Publishing Co
Contributor By (author) Melody Razak
Publication Date 2021-06-24
Language English
Format Paperback / softback
Pages 352
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 234 X 153 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 500
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