The Far Field

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Author: Madhuri Vijay

9789353577933 | PB | pp. 444 | 2019 | Fourth Estate

Grieving for her mother, Shalini sets out for her old remote village in Kashmir. In The Far Field, on arrival, she is confronted with the region’s politics, as well as the tangled history of the local family that takes her in.

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In the wake of her mother’s death, Shalini, a privileged, naive and restless young woman from Bangalore, sets out for a remote village in Kashmir. Certain that the loss of her mother is somehow connected to the decade-old disappearance of Bashir Ahmed, a charming Kashmiri salesman who frequented her childhood home, she is determined to track him down. But as soon as Shalini arrives, she is confronted with the region’s politics, as well as the tangled history of the local family that takes her in. As life in the village turns volatile and old hatreds threaten to erupt into violence, Shalini finds herself forced to make a series of choices that could have dangerous repercussions for the people she has come to love.

With rare acumen and evocative prose, in The Far Field Madhuri Vijay gives a potent critique of Indian politics and class prejudice through the lens of a guileless outsider, while also offering up a profound meditation on grief, guilt and the limits of compassion.

Additional information

Authors:

Madhuri Vijay

ISBN:

9789353577933

Publisher:

Fourth Estate

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

444

Year of Publication:

2019

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

The author was born in Bangalore. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and her writing has appeared in Best American Non-Required Reading, Narrative Magazine and Elle India, among other publications. The Far Field is her first book.

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