The Education of Yuri


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Author: Jerry Pinto

9789354472688 | PB | pp. 408 | 2022 | Speaking Tiger

The Education of Yuri by Jerry Pinto is a glorious novel and is among the best ever written on urban adolescence in India.

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‘We are born alone and we die alone. In between, we reach out to other people.’

At fifteen, Yuri Fonseca of downmarket Mahim—sometimes awkward, sometimes lonely—gets lucky. He finds a friend, Muzammil Merchant of upmarket Pedder Road. Then he loses him, and almost finds him again. In between, he learns something about jealousy, shame, desire and guilt. He stumbles into his first sexual encounter, and he thinks he has fallen in love. He understands how one can hurt and be hurt, and how one can give and find unexplained happiness. He struggles to write poetry, worries if he will ever get and hold a job, and flirts briefly with Naxalism.

Over five years in the strange crucible of Elphinstone College in 1980s’ Bombay—the vast and throbbing city that both claims and disowns him—Yuri tries to make sense of himself. And we are drawn, effortlessly and completely, into the spell of his story.

The Education of Yuri proves yet again that few authors anywhere write with greater warmth, wit and compassion about human emotions and relationships than Jerry Pinto (@mahimkajerry). This glorious novel is among the best ever written on urban adolescence in India, and is one that will stay with you long after you have finished reading the book.


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About the Author

The author is a poet, novelist, translator and journalist based in Mumbai. In 2016, he was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award and Yale University's Windham-Campbell Prize. He has published two books of poetry, Asylum and I Want a Poem. He has also published a book of verse for children, Tickle Me, Don't Tickle Me. His other books include the novels Em and the Big Hoom (winner of The Hindu Prize and the Crossword Award) and Murder in Mahim (winner of the Valley of Words Award and shortlisted for the Crossword Award); and the non-fiction book Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb (winner of the National Award for the Best Book on Cinema). Among his other works are acclaimed translations from Marathi that include the autobiographies of Daya Pawar (Baluta) and Malika Amar Shaikh (I Want to Destroy Myself), Baburao Bagul's first collection of stories (When I Hid My Caste) and Sachin Kundalkar's debut novel (Cobalt Blue).


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