25 October, 2020

‘1984 Made Me Think Of The Ways My Life Has Been Enmeshed In Riots’

The 57-year-old novelist talks about the movements in history and his life that shape his work.

‘1984 Made Me Think Of The Ways My Life Has Been Enmeshed In Riots’
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The Shadow Lines
Published by Penguin India  Pages: 288 | Rs. 1,499
For its deft layering of history and memory through the interlinked lives of three generations of a Bengali and British family, their lives shadowed by the violence of the freedom movement, World War II, the Partition and communal riots of the 1960s, The Shadow Lines marked a turning point in the writing of Indian historical fiction in English. In its way, it was our story, of an educated middle class grappling with cataclysmic...
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