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Tomb of Sand – WINNER OF THE 2022 INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE

Tomb of Sand – WINNER OF THE 2022 INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE

WINNER OF THE 2022 INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE

Geetanjali Shree
,
Daisy Rockwell
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WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE 2022

Winner of an English Pen Award

LONGLISTED FOR THE JCB PRIZE 2022

In northern India, an eighty-year-old woman slips into a deep depression after the death of her husband, and 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 transgender 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.

Imprint: India Penguin

Published: Mar/2022

ISBN: 9780143448471

Length : 696 Pages

MRP : ₹699.00

Tomb of Sand – WINNER OF THE 2022 INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE

WINNER OF THE 2022 INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE

Geetanjali Shree
,
Daisy Rockwell

WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE 2022

Winner of an English Pen Award

LONGLISTED FOR THE JCB PRIZE 2022

In northern India, an eighty-year-old woman slips into a deep depression after the death of her husband, and 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 transgender 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.

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Geetanjali Shree

Author of five novels and five short story collections, Geetanjali Shree's work has been translated into English, French, German, Serbian, and some Indian languages. She has received and been shortlisted for a number of national and international awards and fellowships, and she lives in New Delhi.

Daisy Rockwell

Daisy Rockwell is an artist, writer and translator living in northern New England, USA. Apart from her essays on literature and art, she has written Upendranath Ashk: A Critical Biography, The Little Book of Terror and the novel Taste. Her highly acclaimed translations include, among others, Upendranath Ashk's Falling Walls and Bhisham Sahni's Tamas, published in Penguin Classics.

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