Tomb of sand

Title Tomb of sand
Original title रेत समाधि
Author Geetanjali Shree; transl. from the Hindi by Daisy Rockwell
Publication Penguin India
Size 725p
Language ENGENG
ISBN 9780143448471
Topics Indian fiction--Hindi--Translated into English
Indian fiction--Women
Indian fiction--Social
Old age--Fiction
Notes 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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