04 December, 2020

Manipulating Desire

Hariharan explores the war of the sexes with powerful wit

Manipulating Desire
THERE are some books, a clutch of writers, a handful of vivid imaginations that fill one with an eager anticipation to enter worlds waiting to be born: Hariharan is one such novelist. When Dreams Travel, Hariharans audacious, delightful book travels farther, faster'in the manner of her dream travelling women protagonists'than her earlier works.

Crossing boundaries, merging traditions, blending myth, legend, and the power of a fertile imagination, Hariharan crafts a tale both fantastical and poignantly close to the skin. The point of entry, as Hariharan herself declares, is the book of books, a cornucopia of stories, the classic Tales from a Thousand and One Nights. What Hariharan does with this legacy is another matter. Seen through her eyes the classic is reborn as a tale of the times, a story of all times, a narrative of all stories ever imagined and articulated. Twisting the fine and frayed fabric of myth and legend, knotting into it her own concerns about womens dreams, desires, their courage, their gift of golden speech, is the story of two valiant sisters,...



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