Tomb of Sand (Paperback)
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Tomb of Sand (Paperback)

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Paperback 752 Pages
Published: 26/08/2021
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Waterstones Says

Wrapping a trenchant critique of borders and identity within a playful, quirky road trip narrative, Shree's delightfully judged novel follows an elderly woman's new lease of life as she returns to the Pakistan of her youth.

Winner of the International Booker Prize 2022

In northern India, an eighty-year-old woman slips into a deep depression at the death of her husband, then resurfaces to gain a new lease on life. Her determination to fly in the face of convention – including striking up a friendship with a hijra person – confuses her bohemian daughter, who is used to thinking of herself as the more 'modern' of the two.

To her family’s consternation, Ma insists on travelling to Pakistan, simultaneously confronting the unresolved trauma of her teenage experiences of Partition, and re-evaluating what it means to be a mother, a daughter, a woman, a feminist.

Rather than respond to tragedy with seriousness, Geetanjali Shree's playful tone and exuberant wordplay results in a book that is engaging, funny, and utterly original, at the same time as being an urgent and timely protest against the destructive impact of borders and boundaries, whether between religions, countries, or genders.

Publisher: Tilted Axis Press
ISBN: 9781911284611
Number of pages: 752
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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“I have no idea what the writer is talking about”

I read 60 pages and had to give up. In 60 pages and the only action there is, is the mother who says no all the time, a daughter and a brother who prepare a dinner and some flowers.

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“Transcendent”

I'm no longer mad that The Books of Jacob didn't win the International Booker Prize.

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“A worthy winner”

This is a truly impressive achievement. Ostensibly the story of a woman from Northern India who undertakes a road trip to Pakistan to expunge painful memories she has of Partition, Tomb of Sand is really about borders... More

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