Intrigued by a disturbing photograph of a woman, a young journalist in Calcutta embarks on a quest to learn the story behind the violent incident captured on film -- a strange odyssey that leads him to a volatile remote corner of India mired in civil strife and sustained by timber, drugs, and guns. Yet the truth he hopes to uncover is as uncertain as the mysterious woman he seeks, smoldering dangerously on the border between illusion and reality.
About the Author
Siddhartha Deb, who teaches creative writing at the New School, is the author of the novels "The Point of Return", a 2003 "New York Times "Notable Book of the Year, and "An Outline of the Republic". He is also the author of the nonfiction book "The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India". His reviews and journalism have appeared in "The Boston Globe", "The Guardian", "Harper's Magazine", "The Nation", "New Statesman", "n+1", and "The Times Literary Supplement".
“Ambitious…. Deb’s intelligent writing and cool, observational tone . . . vividly capture . . . daily life in much of India.”
“A sophisticated adventure novel. . . . Deb [is] an author with great craft and potential.”
“An immersion into the heart of India…. Deb is a fluid, thoughtful novelist.”
“A compelling account of an unstable region’s hopes and frailties by way of an individual’s tortuous soul search.”
-Time Out New York