- Verlag: Galley Beggar Press
- Seitenzahl: 503
- Erscheinungstermin: 3. August 2017
- Abmessung: 191mm x 141mm x 45mm
- Gewicht: 537g
- ISBN-13: 9781910296783
- ISBN-10: 1910296783
- Artikelnr.: 48399181
Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Preti Taneja has packed her debut novel with so much insight and feeling for contemporary India that her sentences seem to spill out as if from an overstuffed bag. It s a marvel that she was able to pack in so much (plot, atmosphere, social observation, you name it) while sustaining such propulsive energy over the course of nearly 500 pages, and yet she manages to the last. The overall effect is dizzying, dazzling, and ultimately convincing and immersive.
Eugenia Williamson, Boston Globe
We That Are Young is an embodiment [of King Lear]. The register is dramatic and the language poetic. . . . It s marvelous to watch Taneja, a woman, play with the text [of Lear] in which the women are atrocious. She s no easier on these characters than Shakespeare was, redeeming none, so that the last laugh is hers. And it s as gratifying to watch Preti Taneja take on William Shakespeare as it is to watch India trounce Britain at cricket. The Raj is long over; ever kingdom falls.
Rumaan Alam, The New York Times Book Review
We That Are Young is a masterpiece. I can't remember when I last read a book so uncompromising, fierce and emotionally vast.
Omar El Akkad, author of American War
Taneja is a writer of considerable energy and invention . . . [We That Are Young has] such deliberate and frightening pacing, such a mix of triumph and psychosis, it s up there with anything Mary Gaitskill or Susanna Moore have ever written . . . An entirely original take on Lear . . . A new, chilling take on one of the oldest stories in the world.
Parul Sehgal, The New York Times
Every now and then, a writer grabs you in the first paragraph and doesn t let go. Such is the case with Taneja, whose stunning debut brings with familial jealousy, sexual tension, political turmoil, and shocking violence. . . . Taneja writes with passion and verve. . . . Highly recommended.
Sally Bissell, Library Journal
Take Vikram Seth s A Suitable Boy, King Lear, The Jewel in the Crown, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and V.S. Naipaul s India: A Wounded Civilization; pass them along to DJ Danger Mouse for a bit of a mashup; and you d have a sense of the shape and scope of Preti Taneja s debut novel.
Thane Tierney, Bookpage
Shakespeare s supreme tragedy, King Lear, is transposed to contemporary India and recast as a family drama of financial power-brokering within a transforming, culturally complex nation. . . . Issues of gender and generations spearhead the conflict in this mammoth drama of money, succession, and control, British-born Taneja s impressive first work of fiction. Pulsing with vitality . . . Taneja s dreamy synthesis of language, place, food, clashing views and values, seeping Westernization, and post-colonial flux reaches its climax. A long, challenging, but inspired modernization of a classic engaging, relevant, and very dark.
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Taneja s impressive debut uses King Lear as a template but fearlessly varves a territory of its own. While remaining close to Shakespeare s plot points, she offers a portrait of modern India both panoramic and complex. . . . Taneja s intricate, literary prose is heavy in both detail and reflection. This is a work of epic scope and depth that s bracingly of the current moment.
Publisher s Weekly (starred review)
Big, beautiful, and most of all bold: a rewriting of King Lear, transplanted to modern day Delhi which is both a dazzlingly original reading of the play and a full novel in its own right. A masterpiece, and by a long way my book of the year.
Daniel Swift, The Spectator
Finely crafted . . . Taneja has given us that rarest of beasts, a page-turner that's also unabashedly political with the complex, ambiguous, fiercely felt politics of our time.
Deborah Smith, The Guardian
This spirited debut is one of the most original . . . and exquisite novels of the year. . . . This is a new voice, vivid, full of imagery and pace, and with the richness to match the vibrancy of its world.
Alexander Nurnberg, The Sunday Times
Sharp, cogent, and evocative . . . The great appeal of [We That Are Young] concerns the serving of justice: discovering who gets what, as opposed to who deserves what.
Randy Boyagoda, The New Statesman
A remarkable picture of contemporary India . . . Taneja s sensuous writing brings women s predicaments to life . . . a chilling warning.
Sarah Gilmartin, The Irish Times
India s exorbitance almost overwhelmingly spills out of Taneja s prodigious sprawling debut novel that unrolls a contemporary reworking of King Lear. The ruinous after-effects of a despotic business tycoon s resignation shudder through her 550-page narrative packed with vivid scenes and powered with prose of terrific vitality.
Peter Kemp, The Sunday Times, Books of the Year
Preti Taneja spares us the unrhymed iambic pentameter, but not the poetry, in a contemporary retelling of Shakespeare s King Lear.
Erin Kodicek, Amazon Book Review
A searing reinvention of one of literature s most memorable tragedies, We That Are Young is a gripping portrait of a family and a nation on the brink of change.
Dianca Potts, Signature
A page-turner that s also unabashedly political with the complex, ambiguous, fiercely felt politics of our time. The Guardian
[Taneja s] landscape bristles with ghosts, Shakespeare flickering in an eerie déjà vu. The bones show through, and the book is all the fiercer for it. T Magazine
The absolute mastery of Taneja's narrative style and the precision of her language is unforgettable. Los Angeles Review of Books
Extraordinary. That rare thing a genuinely new voice. Spellbinding. It does what all the best novels do. It expands the possibilities of the form. Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Dizzying, dazzling. . . . Taneja has packed her debut novel with so much insight and feeling for contemporary India. The Boston Globe
Original and exquisite. . . This is a new voice, vivid, full of imagery and pace, and with a richness to match the vibrancy of its world. Alexander Nurnberg, The Sunday Times (London)
Impressive . . . [We That Are Young] uses King Lear as a template but fearlessly carves a territory of its own. . . . [Taneja] offers a portrait of modern India both panoramic and complex. . . . A work of epic scope and depth that s bracingly of the current moment. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A brilliant first novel. . . . A must-read. The Washington Times
[An] inspired modernization of a classic engaging, relevant. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
We That Are Young is a powerful, engrossing chronicle of family and politics in contemporary India, perfectly constructed, magnificently written. Jim Crace, author of Harvest
[Taneja] paints a remarkable picture of contemporary India through the voices of her characters. The IrishTimes
Every now and then, a writer grabs you in the first paragraph and doesn t let go. Such is the case with Taneja, whose stunning debut brims with familial jealousy, sexual tension, political turmoil, and shocking violence. Library Journal (starred review)
Packed with vivid scenes and powered with prose of terrific vitality. Peter Kemp, The Sunday Times (London)
We That Are Young is a masterpiece. I can t remember when I last read a book so uncompromising, fierce and emotionally vast. Omar El Akkad, author of American War
Multilayered and densely structured, We That Are Young offers a fresh take on a timeless tale. . . . Taneja deftly exposes the stark contrast between the Twitter-saturated media narrative surrounding the rich and powerful, and the reality of their actions. Booklist
An extraordinary reimagining of King Lear in a culture and a cultural moment that resonates so powerfully it is as exciting for me as coming upon Lear for the first time. James Shapiro, author of The Year of Lear