Books of the Month: April 2016

 

TRAM 83

Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Translated by Roland Glasser)

 

I, The Salt Doll

A Memoir

Vandana Mishra (Translated by Jerry Pinto)

ISBN: 9789385288326 | Price: ₹350

 

ISBN: 9789385755767 | Price: ₹299

Also available as e-Book: 9789385755781

Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2016

In an unnamed African city-state riven by civil war, profit-seekers of all languages and nationalities mix. They have only one desire: to make a fortune by exploiting the mineral wealth of the land. Two friends—a budding writer home from Europe and his childhood friend who dreams of taking over the seedy underworld of their city—meet in the most notorious nightclub in town, Tram 83, and are sucked into a dizzying, lurid world of gangsters and crooks, poets and sex workers, soldiers and spies, tourists and stowaways.

 

A richly detailed and intimate history of an extraordinary life and an extraordinary city, full of warmth, humour, empathy and wisdom.

I, the Salt Doll is the story of an exceptional woman—talented, resilient and possessed of a tremendous zest for life. Equally, it is an engaging chronicle of an entire era—of life in India over half a century, beginning in the early 1930s. It is also a compelling portrait of Mumbai—seen from within; from the stage, from the heart of the old city, from the new suburbs—and in its own quiet way, a plea for the pluralism and diversity that made it a great metropolis.

Vandana Mishra lived through some ‘interesting times’, and her singular voice in this narrative laced with songs and sayings will ring in your ears long after you have put the book down.

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ISBN: 9789385755705

Price: ₹299

Also available as e-Book: 9789385755729

 

One Thousand Days in a Refrigerator

Stories

Manoj Kumar Panda (Translated by Snehaprava Das)

‘Evocative and poignant stories which become works of art.’

—Jayanta Mahapatra

A man sits before his wife lying comatose in a refrigerated chamber and tells her the thoughts he had never dared express when she was conscious; ‘When the Gods Left’ follows Rajula Dip, a carrion-picker, as he goes about his business and himself becomes carrion; in ‘Fragments’, a woman takes a bus to her rapist’s house to speak to him and to his family; God himself appears in court to give testimony in a case where justice has been miscarried; and in ‘The Hunt’, after a tiger kills a shepherd, the entire village turns on the victim’s family in revenge.

One Thousand Days in a Refrigerator includes fourteen stories of great power and beauty, startling in their variety and ambition. It showcases a writer at the very peak of his considerable abilities.

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ISBN: 9789385755088

Price: ₹350

Also available as e-Book: 9789385755101

 

The Yard

Aliyyah Eniath

A moving story of love and redemption set in Trinidad, that exposes the fault lines in Indo-Muslim culture, as it explores three generations of a family who move from being indentured labourers to wealthy business owners.

The Yard is a large compound in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago housing six families—Father Khalid, his four siblings and their widowed mother Sakina. Behrooz, an orphan who cannot remember his past, is brought to The Yard, when the old woman with whom he has sought shelter dies. Here, he struggles to belong. Father Khalid is kindhearted, but other family members are guarded about the outsider in their midst. They contend that Behrooz will betray the family by forging a clandestine relationship with his adoptive sister, Maya, a willful and rebellious girl who was not romantically forbidden to him under Islamic law.

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FROM OUR DIARIES

·         Speaking Tiger is delighted to announce that two of our authors, Eka Kurniawan and Fiston Mwanza Mujila, are on the 2016 International Man Booker Longlist. Indonesian writer Eka Kurniawan has been longlisted for his novel, Man Tiger, and Congolese writer Fiston Mujila for Tram 83. Fiston Mwanza Mujila, is also the winner of the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature. Click here

·       We are pleased to announce that Speaking Tiger title, Beauty Is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan and Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila are among the twenty-five best translations of 2015 and is on the 2016 BTBA Fiction Longlist. Click here

·       Speaking Tiger author Ruchira Gupta’s River of Flesh and Other Stories: The Prostituted Woman in Indian Short Fiction was launched at Eleven Times Square, New York. Book launch was followed by book reading by American actress and political activist Ashley Judd and others. Click here

·       Chandigarh Sahitya Academy organised a literary interaction on The Ballad of Bant Singh: A Qissa of Courage by Nirupama Dutt on 20 March 2016. Click here

·       Speaking Tiger author Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar attended a one-day lecture on "Indigenous Medicine and Food Habits" at Sido-Kanhu Murmu University, Dumka, Jharkhand as a guest of honour on 9 March 2016. He spoke on his life, profession and writing, and was honoured for writing the books The Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baskey and The Adivasi Will Not Dance. Click here

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