Calcutta, 1967. Unnoticed by his family, Supratik has become dangerously involved in student unrest, agitation, extremist political activism. Compelled by an idealistic desire to change his life and the world around him, all he leaves behind before disappearing is this note. The ageing patriarch and matriarch of his family, the Ghoshes, preside over their large household, unaware that beneath the barely ruffled surface of their lives the sands are shifting
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"Masterful. His fierce intelligence and sophisticated storytelling combine to producean unforgettable portrait of one family riven by the forces of history and their own desires."
Daily Telegraph||"Rich and engrossing. Consistently vivid and well realised, it confidently covers a great deal of varied social terrain. . Unfailingly interesting"
Sunday Times||"Very ambitious and very successful.. One of Mukherjee's great gifts is precisely his capacity to imagine the lives of others. .Neel Mukherjee terrifies and delights us simultaneously"
Guardian||"Deeply affectingand ambitious ...In startling imagery that sears itself into the mind,The Lives of Othersexcellently exposes the gulf between rich and poor, young and old, tradition and modernity, us and them, showing how acts of empathy are urgently needed to bridge the divides."
Observer||"Neel Mukherjee has writtenan outstanding novel: compelling, compassionate and complex, vivid, musical and fierce."
Rose Tremain||"Full of acute, often uncomfortable and angry, observations,The Lives of Othersis a picture of a family in all its disunity, and beyond it a city and country, on the brink of disaster."
The Times||"A Seth-ian narrative feast
with dishes to spare... a graphic reminder that the bourgeois Indian culture western readers so readily idealize is sustained at terrible human cost"
Independent||"Expansive and often brilliant. Mukherjee spares the reader nothing.yet his command of storytelling is so astounding, he draws the reader into places they would prefer not to look"
Metro||"The writing isunfailingly beautiful. Resembles a tone poem in its dazzling orchestration of the crescendo of domestic racket.His eye is as acute as his ear: the physicality of people and objects is delineated with a hyper-aesthetic vividness.."
New Statesman||"Neel Mukherjee has given us a picture of India that cuts through history, social classes and regions but centers on anouveau pauvrefamily.Every scene is rendered with a Tolstoyan clarity and compassion."
Edmund White||"A devastating portrayal of a decadent society and the inevitably violent uprising against it, in the tradition of such politically charged Indian literature as the work of Prem Chand, Manto and Mulk Raj Anand. It isferocious, unsparing and brutally honest."
FT||"Powerful. Mukherjee's depiction of the tangled system.that develops when so many members of a family live under one roof is superb.In clear yet lyrical prose, Mukherjee carefully explores not just what it means to be part of a family, but what it means to be part of an unequal society. It's impossible not to be utterly engaged by this intelligent and moving epic"
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