Tomb of Sand

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Author: Geetanjali Shree
Translator: Daisy Rockwell

9780143448471 | PB | pp. 696 | 2022 | Penguin Random House

Tomb of Sand by Geetanjali Shree tells the story of an octogenarian woman who having recently lost her husband goes to Pakistan to confront her trauma.

*** Winner of International Booker Prize 2022 ***

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In northern India, an eighty-year-old woman slips into a deep depression after the death of her husband, and then resurfaces to gain a new lease on life. Her determination to fly in the face of convention – including striking up a friendship with a transgender person – confuses her bohemian daughter, who is used to thinking of herself as the more ‘modern’ of the two.To her family’s consternation, Ma insists on travelling to Pakistan, simultaneously confronting the unresolved trauma of her teenage experiences of Partition, and re-evaluating what it means to be a mother, a daughter, a woman, a feminist.Rather than respond to tragedy with seriousness, Geetanjali Shree’s playful tone and exuberant wordplay results in a book that is engaging, funny, and utterly original, at the same time as being an urgent and timely protest against the destructive impact of borders and boundaries, whether between religions, countries, or genders.

Author:

Geetanjali Shree
Translator: Daisy Rockwell

ISBN:

9780143448471

Binding:

Paperback

Publisher:

Penguin Random House India

Pages:

696

Year of Publication:

2022

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Contributors

Author of three novels and several story collections, Geetanjali Shree's work has been translated into English, French, German, Serbian, and Korean. She has received and been short-listed for a number of awards and fellowships, and lives in New Delhi. Daisy Rockwell is an artist, writer and translator living in northern New England, USA. Apart from her essays on literature and art, she has written Upendranath Ashk: A Critical Biography, The Little Book of Terrorand the novel Taste. Her highly acclaimed translations include, among others, Upendranath Ashk's Falling Walls and Bhisham Sahni's Tamas, published in Penguin Classics.

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