ISBN 9789382277231,The Black Hill

The Black Hill

Author:

Mamang Dai

Publisher:

Aleph Book Company

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ISBN 9789382277231
Publisher

Aleph Book Company

Publication Year 2014
ISBN-13

ISBN 9789382277231

ISBN-10 9382277234
Binding

Paper Back

Number of Pages 308 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Non Fiction

Set in the mid-nineteenth century, the action takes place in the Northeast-the region that spreads from Assam to Arunachal today. The East India Company is seeking to make inroads into the region and the local people-in particular the Abor and Mishmee tribes-fear their coming and are doing all they can to keep them out of their territories.The author takes a recorded historical event-the mysterious disappearance of a French priest, Father Nicolas Krick in the 1850s and the execution of Kajinsha from the Mishmee tribe for his murder and woven a gripping, densely imagined work of fiction around it. And even as the novel tells the story of an impossible journey and an elopement, it explores the themes of the lure of unknown worlds, the love people have for each other and their land and the forces of history.Gimur, a girl from the Abor tribe, runs away with Kajinsha from the Mishmee tribe and they settle down on his land near the Tibetan border. Father Kricks attempts to reach Tibet to set up a Jesuit mission are foiled repeatedly by the local people not because of any personal animus towards the priests or their work, but because they feel-rightly-that once the priests come, the British with their guns and their garrisons will follow. The story revolves around events in Gimurs and Kajinshas villages and is also seen from the point of view of Father Krick, a gentle, intelligent man, devout but no bigot, whose determination to reach Tibet no matter what the cost, impacts tragically on all those who encounter him.

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