Gower Street presents.... MEENA KANDASAMY
Friday 4th August 18:30 at London - Gower Street
Gower Street Presents is a new strand of events dedicated to championing the most exciting new literary fiction. Expect off-beat, original and – as always – unashamedly feminist writing.Meena Kandasamy is widely recognised as one of India’s boldest young writers; her debut novel The Gyspy Goddesswas longlisted for The Dylan Thomas Prize and The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Her second novel When I Hit You: Or the Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wifeis a fierce and provocative look at domestic violence, gender politics and marriage in Modern India. It has been praised by #Readwomen as ‘probably one of the most important and shocking and poetic books of 2017’.
Join Meena in conversation with Waterstones Gower Street’s Elizabeth Morris, as she discusses her courageous new book.
From one of India's boldest and most badass young voices, When I Hit You is a dazzling and provocative novel of an abusive marriage. Seduced by politics, poetry and an enduring dream of building a better world together, the unnamed narrator falls in love with a university professor. Moving with him to a rain-washed coastal town, she swiftly learns that what for her is a bond of love is for him a contract of ownership. As he sets about reducing her to his idealised version of an obedient wife, bullying her and devouring her ambition of being a writer in the process, she attempts to push back - a resistance he resolves to break with violence and rape.
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Seduced by politics and poetry, the unnamed narrator falls in love with a university professor. Moving with him to a rain-washed coastal town, she swiftly learns that what for her is a bond of love is for him a contract of ownership. As he sets about reducing her to his idealised version of an obedient wife, devouring her ambition of being a writer, she attempts to push back - a resistance he resolves to break with violence and rape.
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