Mirror of the Darkest Night (HB)


Author: Mahasweta Devi
Translated by Shamya Dasgupta

9780857424396 | HB | pp. 310 | 2019 | Macmillan Publishers

Mirror of the Darkest Night by Mahasweta Devi set in the mid 1800’s, tells the story of a scheming, mercurial courtesan of the Nawab of Awadh.

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It’s the mid-to-late 1800s and the British have banished Wajid Ali Shah–the nawab of Awadh in Lucknow–to Calcutta. To the sound of the soulful melody of the sarangi, the mercurial courtesan Laayl-e Aasman is playing a dangerous game of love, loyalty, deception, and betrayal. Bajrangi and Kundan, bound by their love for each other and for Laayl-e, struggle to keep their balance. Ranging across generations and geography, the scale of Laayl-e’s story sweeps the devil, a crime lord, and many other remarkable characters into a heady mix. Mirror of the Darkest Night is almost an aberration in Mahasweta Devi’s oeuvre. Known for her activism and hard-hitting indictment of social inequalities, she pays close attention to detail in this sparkling novel. It offers a rare glimpse of Devi’s talent for telling the sort of story she normally eschewed–and it’s a cracker of a tale.

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Mahasweta Devi
Translator: Shamya Dasgupta







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About the Author

The author is one of India’s foremost writers. Her powerful fiction has won her recognition in the form of the Sahitya Akademi (1979), Jnanpith (1996) and Ramon Magsaysay (1996) awards, amongst several other literary honours. She was also awarded the Padmasree in 1986, for her activist work amongst dispossessed tribal communities.


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