16 June, 2021

'The Cerebral Erotica Was Fun'

Githa Hariharan has travelled a long way since her first novel, carrying her bag of stories and dreams with her. Some shes shed along the way, but some have stayed to form the substance of her new book, When Dreams Travel. To be released at the much-

'The Cerebral Erotica Was Fun'

All your books are so different. What led you to this particular story?
It's difficult to say. I've always had a preoccupation with storytelling. In the earlier novels I explore stories through two very different people and worlds. So it was a logical move to turn now to a storyteller - and Scherezade is the mother of storytellers.

But your story is as much about Dunyazad, her sister...
Yes, that's true but...the only way I could've written about Scherezade was as a younger sister, as Dunyazad. I could only pay tribute to her as a silent accomplice, someone who followed, but of course had a less prodigious, less fulfilled life. And then, once you are Scherezade's sister, she can no longer be a myth. She has to be flesh and blood.

But what drew you to her? After all no matter how much you try to turn Scherezade into a flesh-and-blood woman, she is a creature of dreams.
Since I wrote The Thousand Faces of Night I've been concerned about women's dreams and desires. As a woman Scherezade uses her words and her body, not only to save...

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