Prelude to a Riot (HB)

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Author: Annie Zaidi

9789388292818 | HB | pp. 200 | 2019 | Aleph Book Company

Prelude to a Riot by Annie Zaidi is a novel with interesting characters built around the phenomenon of rising religious intolerance and need for balance.

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In a peaceful southern town, amidst lush spice plantations, trouble is brewing. In the town live three generations of two families, one Hindu and the other Muslim, whose lives will be changed forever by the coming violence. At risk are Dada, the ageing grandfather who lovingly tends and talks to the plants on his estate; his strong-willed grandchildren, Abu and Fareeda; the newly married Devaki, who cannot fathom the forces that are turning her husband and her father into fanatics; Mariam, of the gifted hands, who kneads and pounds the fatigued muscles of tourists into submission; and Garuda, the high-school teacher who, in his own desperate way, is trying to impart the truth about the country’s history to a classroom of uninterested students. Quietly but surely, the spectre of religious intolerance is beginning to haunt the community in the guise of the Self-Respect Forum whose mission is to divide the town and destroy the delicate balance of respect and cooperation that has existed for hundreds of years.

Additional information

Author:

Annie Zaidi

ISBN:

9789388292818

Binding:

Hardback

Pages:

200

Year of Publication:

2019

Publisher:

Aleph Book Company

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

The author wrote Gulab, Love Stories # 1-14, and Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales which was shortlisted for the Crossword Book Prize (non-fiction). She is the editor of Unbound: 2,000 Years of Indian Women’s Writing. She won The Hindu Playwright Award in 2018 for her play Untitled 1 and the Nine Dots prize in 2019 for her essay Bread, Cement, Cactus. Her novel Prelude to a Riot won the TATA Literature Live! Book of the Year Award–Fiction in 2020.

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