We That Are Young
9780143444589 | PB | pp. 570 | 2017 | Penguin
We That Are Young is Shakespeare’s King Lear reimagined as a devastating commentary on contemporary India.
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Jivan Singh, bastard son, returns to Delhi after fifteen years of exile to find a city on fire with protests and in the grip of drought. On the same day, Devraj, father of Jivan’s childhood playmates and founder of India’s most important Company, announces his retirement, demanding daughterly love in exchange for shares. Sita his youngest child, refuses to play, turning her back on the marriage he has arranged for her. Her sisters, Gangi and Radha, must take over the Company and cement their father’s legacy. As they struggle to make their names, a family and an empire begin to unravel.
We That Are Young is Shakespeare’s King Lear reimagined as a devastating commentary on contemporary India. From Delhi mansions to luxury hotels, from city slums to the streets of Kashmir, from palace to wayside, Preti Taneja recasts an old tale in fresh, eviscerating prose that bursts with energy and fierce, beautifully measured rage. This is the story of a country that, like the old king, is descending into madness.
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