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When the Moon Shines by Day

When the Moon Shines by Day

Nayantara Sahgal

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(Hardback | ISBN 9789386702111 | 168 pp | September 2017)

Summary

India has changed. Rehana finds her father’s books on medieval history have been ‘disappeared’ from bookstores and libraries. Her young domestic help, Abdul, discovers it is safer to be called Morari Lal in the street, but there is no such protection from vigilante fury for his Dalit friend, Suraj. Kamlesh, a diplomat and writer, comes up against official wrath for his anti-war views. A bomb goes off at Cyrus Batliwala’s gallery on the opening day of an art show.

Presiding over this new world is the Director of Cultural Transformation, whose smiling affability masks a relentless agenda to create a Hindu master-race.

In this atmosphere, Rehana and her three book-club friends, Nandini, Aruna and Lily, meet every week to discuss a book one of them has chosen—their oasis of peace amidst the harshness of reality—even as Rehana’s German friend, Franz Rohner, haunted by his country’s Nazi past, warns her of what is to come. All revolutions, he wryly observes, follow the same path. But is India about to prove him wrong?

In this brilliant, dystopian satire, Nayantara Sahgal draws a telling portrait of our times.

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Reviews

‘A riveting work of political voltage, dramatic vigour and deep human veracity from one of India's most sensitive writers.’—Gopalkrishna Gandhi

‘Nayantara Sahgal is one of our most illuminating novelists, who has carefully and sensitively recorded for much of independent India’s existence the impact of politics and ideology on individual lives.’—Pankaj Mishra


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About the author

Nayantara Sahgal

Nayantara Sahgal is the author of several works of fiction and non-fiction, the first of which, Prison and Chocolate Cake, an autobiography, was published in 1954. Her works include classic novels such as Rich Like Us, Plans for Departure and Lesser Breeds. She has received the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Sinclair Prize and the Commonwealth […]

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