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A Life Apart

A Life Apart

Neel Mukherjee
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Ritwik, twenty-two and orphaned, escapes from Calcutta to England, to start his life all over again. But his all-consuming relationship with his mother is a minefield he must first navigate. Will Ritwik find salvation through the story of an Englishwoman in Raj-era Bengal or through the figure of the eighty-six-year-old Anne Cameron, who gives shelter to Ritwik in London in exchange for the care that she needs? As present and past of several lives collide, Ritwik’s own goes into free fall.

Unsentimental yet full of compassion, and written with unrelenting honesty, this scalding debut is about dislocation and alienation, outsiders and losers, the tenuous and unconscious intersections of lives and histories, and the consolations of storytelling.

Imprint: Vintage Books

Published: Sep/2015

ISBN: 9788184007121

Length : 400 Pages

MRP : ₹599.00

A Life Apart

Neel Mukherjee

Ritwik, twenty-two and orphaned, escapes from Calcutta to England, to start his life all over again. But his all-consuming relationship with his mother is a minefield he must first navigate. Will Ritwik find salvation through the story of an Englishwoman in Raj-era Bengal or through the figure of the eighty-six-year-old Anne Cameron, who gives shelter to Ritwik in London in exchange for the care that she needs? As present and past of several lives collide, Ritwik’s own goes into free fall.

Unsentimental yet full of compassion, and written with unrelenting honesty, this scalding debut is about dislocation and alienation, outsiders and losers, the tenuous and unconscious intersections of lives and histories, and the consolations of storytelling.

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Neel Mukherjee

Neel Mukherjee is the author of two 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. He lives in London.

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