The Far Field (Paperback)
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Paperback 464 Pages / Published: 02/01/2020
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Longlisted for the Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize 2020

An elegant, epic debut novel that follows one young woman's search for a lost figure from her childhood, a journey that takes her from Southern India to Kashmir and to the brink of a devastating political and personal reckoning.

In the wake of her mother's death, Shalini, a privileged and restless young woman from Bangalore, sets out for a remote Himalayan village in the troubled northern region of Kashmir. Certain that the loss of her mother is somehow connected to the decade-old disappearance of Bashir Ahmed, a charming Kashmiri salesman who frequented her childhood home, she is determined to confront him. But upon her arrival, Shalini is brought face to face with Kashmir's politics, as well as the tangled history of the local family that takes her in. And when life in the village turns volatile and old hatreds threaten to erupt into violence, Shalini finds herself forced to make a series of choices that could hold dangerous repercussions for the very people she has come to love.

With rare acumen and evocative prose, in The Far Field Madhuri Vijay masterfully examines Indian politics, class prejudice, and sexuality through the lens of an outsider, offering a profound meditation on grief, guilt and the limits of compassion.

Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
ISBN: 9781611854831
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 322 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm
Edition: Main


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'A courageous, insightful and and affecting debut novel - and the winner of the prestigious JCB Prize for Indian literature - which places a naive upper-class woman from southern India in the midst of far messier realities in Kashmir. Along the way, the story challenges Indian taboos ranging from sex to politics.' - The Economist

'Vijay's mastery of traditional narrative skills wouldn't be out of place in a classic 19th century novel...The Far Field is an impressive performance. It will be fascinating to see what Vijay does next.' - The Sunday Times 

'... a powerful meditation on the chaos of good intentions...a masterful piece of fiction.' - Nikesh Shukla, The Observer 

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“Original and assured debut”

I wasn't expecting much from this debut but it was superb. Really well written and thoroughly interesting. The story moves between Bangalore and Kashmir and keeps you very entertained and gripped throughout. A... More

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