We That Are Young (Paperback)Preti Taneja (author)
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Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2018
Jivan Singh, the bastard scion of the Devraj family, returns to his childhood home after a long absence - only to witness the unexpected resignation of the ageing patriarch from the vast corporation he founded, the Devraj Company.
On the same day, Sita, Devraj's youngest daughter, absconds - refusing to submit to the marriage her father wants for her. Meanwhile, Radha and Gargi, Sita's older sisters, are handed the Company…
And so begins a brutal, deathly struggle for power, ranging over the luxury hotels and spas of New Delhi and Amritsar, the Palaces and slums of Napurthala, to Srinagar, Kashmir.
Told in astonishing prose - a great torrent of words and imagery - We That Are Young is a modern-day King Lear that bursts with energy and fierce, beautifully measured rage.
Set against the backdrop of the anti-corruption riots in 2011-2012, it provides startling insights into modern India, the clash of youth and age, the hectic pace of life in one of the world's fastest growing economies - and the ever-present spectre of death. More than that, this is a novel about the human heart. And its breaking point.
Publisher: Galley Beggar Press
Number of pages: 503
Dimensions: 196 x 138 mm
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“King Lear for the 21st Century”
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“Remarkable story based in modern India. A masterpiece.”
On the evening of the 20th June The Winner of the 2018 Desmond Elliot Prize was announced in front of a packed invited audience with many more following via social media. This year’s winner was incredible We That Are... More
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