On the small, glowing screen, she types a dangerous thing...
'If the police didn't help ordinary people like you and me, if the police watched them die, doesn't that mean that the government is also a terrorist?'
Set in contemporary India, A Burning is the story of three unforgettable characters, all dreaming of a better future, whose lives are changed for ever when they become caught up in the devastating aftermath of a terrorist attack.
Jivan - a poor, young, Muslim girl, who dreams of going to college - faces a possible death sentence after being accused of collaborating with the terrorists.
Lovely - an exuberant hijra who longs to be a Bollywood star - holds the alibi that can set Jivan free, but telling the truth will cost her everything she holds dear.
PT Sir - an opportunistic gym teacher who once taught Jivan - becomes involved with Hindu nationalist politics and his own ascent is soon inextricably linked to Jivan's fall.
Taut, propulsive and electrifying, from its opening lines to its astonishing finale, A Burning confronts issues of class, fate, prejudice and corruption with a Dickensian sense of injustice, and asks us to consider what it means to nurture big ambitions in a country hurtling towards political extremism.
ABurning is a novel for our times and for all time.
- Verlag: Scribner UK / Simon & Schuster UK
- Seitenzahl: 304
- Erscheinungstermin: 2. Juni 2020
- Abmessung: 217mm x 138mm x 25mm
- Gewicht: 293g
- ISBN-13: 9781471190278
- ISBN-10: 1471190277
- Artikelnr.: 59580286
A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK and one of the most anticipated books of summer 2020 by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, O, Elle, The Millions, and Lit Hub
"Riveting...This is a novel of our pandemic times, an exploration of precarity in all its forms...Majumdar excels at depicting the workings of power on the powerless... Fate has rarely been so many-faced, so muscular, so mercurial, or so mesmerizing as it is in A Burning."
The New York Times Book Review [cover]
"Powerful... propulsive...This is a book to relish for its details, for the caress of the writer s gaze against the world... The interplay of choice and circumstance has always been the playing field of great fiction, and on this terrain, a powerful new writer stakes her claim."
Parul Sehgal, The New York Times
The must-read novel of the summer This all-consuming story rages along, bright and scalding Majumdar demonstrates an uncanny ability to capture the vast scope of a tumultuous society by attending to the hopes and fears of people living on the margins. The effect is transporting, often thrilling, finally harrowing Majumdar s outrage is matched only by her sympathy for these ordinary people [A Burning] is a damning critique of a culture that generates constant upheaval but no systemic change.
Ron Charles, The Washington Post
"Immersive...masterly... the elements of a thriller are transmuted into prismatic portraiture... A Burning has a similar urgency of appeal [to Faulkner's As I Lay Dying.] Its characters are at the very front of the stage, and we can feel their breath... Her spare plot moves with arrowlike determination...I can t remember when I last read a novel that so quickly dismantled the ordinary skepticism that attends the reading of made-up stories. Early Naipaul comes to mind as a precursor, and perhaps Akhil Sharma s stupendously vivid novel Family Life... It s only at the end of this brief, brave novel that one becomes fully aware of how broad its judgments have been, how fierce and absolute its condemnations. Through the gaps that open up among and behind these three characters, a large Indian panoply emerges."
James Wood, The New Yorker
"Powerful...a gripping thriller with compassionate social commentary... It s hard not to feel intense heartache while reading A Burning. Majumdar's powerful debut is carefully crafted for maximum impact, carving out the most urgent parts of its characters for the whole world to see. This novel rightfully commands attention."
In her captivating debut novel A Burning, Megha Majumdar presents a powerful corrective to the political narratives that have dominated in contemporary India.
Propulsive...ambitious...beautiful and supple...heartbreaking.
The Boston Globe
Remarkable Early buzz is already comparing A Burning to the work of modern literary stars . . . but the voice or voices here are entirely Majumdar s own.
Combines fast-paced plotting with the kind of atmospheric detail one might find in the work of Jhumpa Lahiri or Daniyal Mueenuddin. . . A highly compelling read
Majumdar's explosive first novel is an intimate epic.
"A Burning by Megha Majumdar is quietly beautiful and devastating. Its tone and pacing are measured perfectly. It is as funny as it is sad. This book won t let you go, and you won t want it to end."
A Burning is an excellently crafted, utterly thrilling novel full of characters that I won t soon forget. Megha Majumdar writes about the ripple effects of our choices, the interconnectedness of our humanity, with striking beauty and clarity. A stunning debut.
"Megha Majumdar s soon-to-be published A Burning is the best debut novel I have come across in a long time. Somehow Majumdar succeeds in capturing the boundless energy and starry-eyed hopefulness of the country s youth. A Burning signals the arrival of a new voice of immense talent and promise."
Polyphonic Lovely is a particular gem brilliant
This is a novel of now: a beautifully constructed literary thriller from a rare and powerful new voice.