Tomb of Sand

Author:

Geetanjali Shree

Publisher:

Penguin Random House India Private Limited

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Publisher

Penguin Random House India Private Limited

Publication Year 2022
ISBN-13

9780143448471

ISBN-10 9780143448471
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 696 Pages
Language (English)
Weight (grms) 590

Winner of an English Pen Award

LONGLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL BOOKER 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.

Geetanjali Shree

Geetanjali Shree writes novels and short stories in Hindi. Mai was her debut novel, this translation receiving the Sahitya Akademi award. Her much-acclaimed novels Tirohit and Khali jagah have also been translated into English as The Roof Beneath Her Feet and The Empty Space respectively. Her novel Hamara shahar us baras is considered an important intervention on the issue of communal relations in India, particularly in the aftermath of the demolition in Ayodhya. Her writings have been translated into multiple European and Indian languages and are a part of the syllabus in many universities across the world. Geetanjali has written an intellectual biography of Premchand in English. She is also involved with theatre in Delhi, mostly with the well-known group Vivadi, devising adventurous scripts, such as on Umrao Jan Ada, the courtesan from Lucknow and on Jaishankar Sundari, the male actor from Gujarat who played the female lead and was hugely popular. These plays have been performed widely in India and abroad. 
 

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