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A Death in Shonagachhi: WINNER OF TATA LIT LIVE FIRST BOOK AWARD

by Das, Rijula

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Author: Das, Rijula

Languages: English

Number Of Pages: 312

Binding: Hardcover

Package Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches

Release Date: 28-07-2021

Details: Product Description Winner of the 2021 Tata Literature Live! First Book Award – Fiction Longlisted for The JCB Prize for Literature 2021 'Rijula Das has evaded the prevalent tropes of writing. The book manages to achieve everything that good literature does while at the same time being entertaining' – 2021 JCB Prize Jury 'A deeply sensitive portrait of life (and death) in a red-light district’ – Tanuj Solanki ‘Addictive and hilarious’ – Avni Doshi 'Takes us deep into the hidden and harsh universes of the layered city of Calcutta’ – Sarnath Banerjee ‘Rijula Das surprises you with everything in this book – the writing, the scenes, the characters, the story’ – Arunava Sinha To be published in the US as Small Deaths by Amazon Crossing in early 2022. In the red-light district of Shonagachhi, Lalee dreams of trading a life of penury and violence for one of relative luxury as a better-paid ‘escort’, just as her long-standing client, erotic novelist Trilokeshwar ‘Tilu’ Shau, realizes he is hopelessly in love with her. When a young woman who lives next door to Lalee is brutally murdered, a spiral of deceit and crime further disturbs the fragile stability of their existence. Despite misgivings, Lalee lets new opportunities promising wealth and respite lure her away from the familiar confines of her neighbourhood. But beneath the facade of the plush hotels lies an underbelly of unimaginable secrets that will endanger her life and that of numerous women like her. As the local Sex Workers’ Collective’s protests against government and police inaction and their calls for justice for the deceased woman gain fervour, Lalee and Tilu must each embark on a life-altering misadventure in order to escape a similarly savage fate. Set in Calcutta’s most fabled neighbourhood, A Death in Shonagachhi is a literary noir as gritty and devastating as it is wry and tender, laying bare the ruthlessness that preys upon our society’s outcasts and the impediments to dignity and love. Chekhovian in spirit and reminiscent of the works of Nabarun Bhattacharya, it introduces us to an astonishing new writer. Review ‘Rijula Das has evaded the prevalent tropes of writing. The book manages to achieve everything that good literature does while at the same time being entertaining’ 2021 JCB Prize Jury ‘A Death in Shonagachhi, through its finely developed characters and settings, takes us deep into the hidden and harsh universes of the layered city of Calcutta. Using her fly-on-the-wall method, Rijula Das accomplishes a level of interiority that can compare itself to Upton Sinclair’s seminal novel, The Jungle’ Sarnath Banerjee, author of Corridor and All Quiet in Vikaspuri ‘Addictive and hilarious. Rijula Das is a writer to watch’ Avni Doshi, author of Burnt Sugar ‘Rijula Das surprises you with everything in this book – the writing, the scenes, the characters, the story. A debut you cannot stop reading’ Arunava Sinha, translator of Chowringhee and Tiger Woman ‘From its electric opening to its sobering end, and even thereafter, Rijula Das's A Death in Shonagachhi will colonize your mind. Here, set within the form of a murder mystery, is a deeply sensitive portrait of life (and death) in a red-light district. Rijula is unafraid of accessing interiorities and of where they take her. Decades ago in France, Jean-Patrick Manchette called the crime novel the great moral literature of our times. This novel seems to take that maxim to heart’ Tanuj Solanki, author of Diwali in Muzaffarnagar and The Machine is Learning ‘A hard-hitting portrayal of life and death in [a] red-light district’ BusinessLine ‘A gem of a novel … a superb debut … it deserves every prize, accolade and palm frond that comes its way’ India Today ‘A pointillist story about a sex worker's life, A Death in Shonagachhi is a skilled debut’ Hindu ‘Riveting … Das weaves threads of pathos, humour, squalor and kindness into her narrative. She flits in and out of the minds of characters, hoping to leav