Eve Out of Her Ruins

Eve Out of Her Ruins

Ananda Devi

Translated By

Jeffrey Zuckerman




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(Paperback with flaps | ISBN 9789386338709 | 174 pages | April 2017)


With brutal honesty and poetic urgency, Ananda Devi relates the tale of four young Mauritians trapped in their country’s endless cycle of fear and violence: Eve, whose body is her only weapon and source of power; Savita, Eve’s best friend, the only one who loves Eve without self-interest, and who has plans to leave but will not go alone; Saadiq, gifted would-be poet, inspired by Rimbaud, in love with Eve; Clélio, belligerent rebel, waiting without hope for his brother to send for him from France.

Eve Out of Her Ruins is a heartbreaking look at the dark corners of the island nation of Mauritius that tourists never see, and a poignant exploration of the construction of personhood at the margins of society. Awarded the prestigious Prix des cinq continents upon publication as the best book written in French outside of France, Eve Out of Her Ruins is a harrowing account of the violent reality of life in her native country by the figurehead of Mauritian literature.


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‘I was blown away by the sensual prose and startling images. [The voices in Eve Out of Her Ruins] provide a stunning immersion in Troumaron, an impoverished area of Port Louis, and in the surges of teenage lust.’
—Deborah Smith in The Guardian

‘A truly great writer.’
—J.M.G. Le Clézio, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

‘[A] spare and heartbreaking novel…The power of this haunting story is its universality; the stark contrast between the pleasures of the rich and the struggles of the poor has been explored previously, but Devi breathes new life into a familiar conflict by offering four interwoven perspectives, with each narrator affected differently and tragically by the impossibility of changing their circumstances. The beauty of Devi's prose belies the horror of the world she conjures up. This is a visceral portrait of violence rendered honestly and gracefully.’
Publishers Weekly

‘Devi writes about terrible and bitter events with a soft, delicate voice.’
Le Figaro

‘The novel moves at a quick clip … the sparse language adds to the sense of hopelessness and the scarcity in which the characters live.’
Dallas Morning News

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About the author

Ananda Devi

Ananda Devi is a Mauritian writer of Telugu and Creole descent. She has published eleven novels as well as short stories and poetry, and was featured at the PEN World Voices Festival in New York in 2015. She has won multiple literary awards, including the Prix du Rayonnement de la langue et de la littérature […]

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