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A Burning: Exclusive Edition (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 21/01/2021
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Set in contemporary India, Majumdar’s debut is a pulsating character study based in the aftermath of a terrorist attack and the complex, conflicting legacy that the atrocity unleashes on ordinary people’s lives.    

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A girl walks through the slums of Kolkata holding an armful of books. She returns home smelling of smoke, and checks her most prized possession: a brand-new smartphone, purchased in instalments. On Facebook, there is only one conversation.

#KolabaganTrainAttack

On the small, glowing screen, she types a dangerous thing...

'If the police didn't help ordinary people like you and me, if the police watched them die, doesn't that mean that the government is also a terrorist?'

Set in contemporary India, A Burning is the story of three unforgettable characters, all dreaming of a better future, whose lives are changed for ever when they become caught up in the devastating aftermath of a terrorist attack.

Jivan - a poor, young, Muslim girl, who dreams of going to college - faces a possible death sentence after being accused of collaborating with the terrorists.
Lovely - an exuberant hijra who longs to be a Bollywood star - holds the alibi that can set Jivan free, but telling the truth will cost her everything she holds dear.
PT Sir - an opportunistic gym teacher who once taught Jivan - becomes involved with Hindu nationalist politics and his own ascent is soon inextricably linked to Jivan's fall.

Taut, propulsive and electrifying, from its opening lines to its astonishing finale, A Burning confronts issues of class, fate, prejudice and corruption with a Dickensian sense of injustice, and asks us to consider what it means to nurture big ambitions in a country hurtling towards political extremism.

A Burning is a novel for our times and for all time.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 2928377050290
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


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'A Burning by Megha Majumdar is quietly beautiful and devastating. Its tone and pacing are measured perfectly. It is as funny as it is sad. This book won't let you go, and you won't want it to end' - Tommy Orange

'A Burning is an excellently crafted, utterly thrilling novel full of characters that I won't soon forget. Megha Majumdar writes about the ripple effects of our choices, the interconnectedness of our humanity, with striking beauty and clarity. A stunning debut' - Yaa Gyasi

'Megha Majumdar's soon-to-be published A Burning is the best debut novel I have come across in a long time. Somehow Majumdar succeeds in capturing the boundless energy and starry-eyed hopefulness of the country's youth. A Burning signals the arrival of a new voice of immense talent and promise' - Amitav Ghosh

'Polyphonic...Lovely is a particular gem...brilliant' - Kirkus Reviews

'This is a novel of now: a beautifully constructed literary thriller from a rare and powerful new voice' - Colum McCann

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“Powerful & timely”

After witnessing a terrorist attack – a train, and the people locked inside, set on fire – Jivan is caught up in the outpouring of social media anger. Annoyed that her commentary on Facebook is not getting enough... More

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“An absolutely outstanding debut with three distinct narratives”

A Burning is an absolutely outstanding debut with three distinct narratives, once you pick A Burning up you will not want to put it down.

Set in modern day India, the book follows Jivan, Lovely and PT Sir with... More

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“A powerful debut”

Three narratives weave in and out of each other in this propulsive, compelling and powerful debut novel from Megha Majumdar, who gives wonderfully authentic voices to each of her triumvirate of protagonists. The tone... More

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