Penguin India Publication

Publication Year 2016

ISBN 9780143424697

ISBN-10 0143424696


Number of Pages 448 Pages
Language (English)


A contemporary classic’—Mint The Grddha Mullick family bursts with marvellous tales of hangmen and hangings in which
they figure as eyewitnesses to the momentous events that have shaped the history of the subcontinent. When twenty-twoyear-
old Chetna Grddha Mullick is appointed the first woman executioner in India, assistant and successor to her father, her life explodes under the harsh
lights of television cameras. When the day of the execution arrives, will she bring herself to take a life?
Meera’s spectacular imagination turns the story of Chetna’s life into an epic and perverse coming-of-age tale. The lurid pleasures of voyeurism and the
punishing ironies of violence are kept in agile balance as the drama hurtles to its inevitable climax. ‘Meera weaves history, romance
and the politics of the present together into a narrative of incredible complexity’—Caravan

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