State of Freedom - Neel Mukherjee (Hardcover)

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What happens when we attempt to exchange the life we are given for something better? Can we transform the possibilities we are born into? Set in contemporary India and moving between the reality of this world and the shadow of another, this novel delivers a devastating exploration of the unquenchable human urge to strive for a different life.

Product Details

Barcode
9781784740429
Department
Books
Released
6 Jul 2017
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
Neel Mukherjee
Binding
Hardback
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Language
English
Number of Pages
288
Dimensions
240 x 156 x 156mm (524g)

Summary

What happens when one attempts to exchange the life one is given for something better? Can we transform the possibilities we are born into?

A State of Freedom prises open the central, defining events of our century &; displacement and migration &; but not as you imagine them. Five characters, in very different circumstances &; from a domestic cook in Mumbai, to a vagrant and his dancing bear, and a girl who escapes terror in her home village for a new life in the city &; find out the meanings of dislocation, intended or enforced, and the desire for more.

In this novel of multiple narratives, set in contemporary India and moving between the reality of this world and the shadow of another, Neel Mukherjee delivers a devastating and haunting vision of a people defined by that most unquenchable of human urges, the striving for a different life. Formally daring, fierce but full of pity, A State of Freedom asks the fundamental question: how does one imagine the ways one can live in the world?

Fiction

General Subject
Fiction
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Cultural Heritage
BISAC Subject 2
Fiction / Literary
BIC Classification 1
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Library Subject 1
Domestic fiction
Library Subject 2
India
Library Subject 3
Fiction
Dewey Classification
823.92
Readership
General (US: Trade)

Author Bio

Neel Mukherjee is the author of two previous novels, A Life Apart (2010), which won the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for best novel, and The Lives of Others (2014), which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Costa Best Novel Award, and won the Encore Prize for best second novel.