French Lover by Taslima Nasrin is the story of Nilanjana, a young Bengali woman from Kolkata who moves to Paris after getting married to Kishanlal, a restaurant owner. Kishanlal’s luxurious apartment seems to be a gilded cage for Nilanjana, and she feels stifled within its friendless confines. While she looks desperately for a way out of the boredom and depression that threaten to engulf her life, her road to self-discovery begins.
Bold in concept and powerful in execution, this book is a fascinating glimpse into the workings of a woman’s mind as she struggles to come to terms with her identity in a hostile world.
Here are quotes from the book that take us into Nilanjana’s world.