Best novels in india-2019



Half the Night is Gone

Half the Night is Gone

“Amitabha Bagchi’s novel explores the inner and outer lives of the men in two families, one rich, one working class. It gently but perceptively explores their vanities and their failures, and the deeply-rooted passions that drive to make the choices that they do. Half the Night is Gone demonstrates a deep understanding of masculinity and will surely be read for decades to come.”

All the Lives We Never Lived

All the Lives We NeverLived

“This beautiful novel, set in the southeast Asia of the 1930s, evokes beautiful imagery of places and landscapes. It does its work quietly and with great subtlety, but it is a novel of big ideas.”

Jasmine Days

Jasmine Days

“Through the life of a young protagonist, Jasmine Days describes the lives of foreign workers in a Middle East country on the brink of a revolution. Beautifully written and translated, this compassionate and morally complex novel confronts some of the difficult questions of our times.”

Clouds

Clouds

“There is lovely writing in this beguiling novel. These extremely inventive, enmeshed stories explore the multiple realities lived by so many Indians today. The myth-making surrounding the Cloud people of rural Odisha, and their clash with the mining establishment, is particularly memorable.”

Empire

Empire

“This intriguing tale of the capture and assimilation of a young Greek woman into the court of the Cholas in the 11th century is striking for its amazing narrative power. This is historical fiction at its best.”

The Book of Chocolate Saints

The Book of Chocolate Saints

“Through the travels of its fascinating protagonist, Newton Francis Xavier, The Book of Chocolate Saints opens a vast world of poetry and politics. Ambitious in scope and uninhibited in its prose, Thayil’s novel takes a vivid journey through several different milieus: 1950s Soho, 1970s Mumbai and modern Delhi.”

Jasoda

Jasoda

“This is a moving account of the epic journey of a woman through many wrenching obstacles: patriarchy, poverty and feudalism. A very upsetting and moving novel – one that ultimately celebrates female resolve and resilience.”

When the Moon Shines by Day

When the Moon Shines by Day

“A courageous, and dystopian, political novel, When the Moon Shines by Day describes the all-too-easy slip from the familiar and apparently harmless into the terrifying. This is a true novel of our time: India, 2018.”

Poonachi

Poonachi

“Funny and warm, Poonachi is a book that forces us gently to look at ourselves and our contribution to an unequal world. Perumal Murugan is a master story-teller who reflects profoundly on our transactional society and its inequities and struggles. Through the character of the lonely goat, he has written a powerful modern fable.”

Latitudes of Longing

Latitudes of Longing

“Lyrical, original and heart-breaking, Latitudes of Longing is a vast novel. In order to write in such detail about so many locations, the author obviously had to do a great amount of research, and yet it has the ring of total authenticity. A wonderful book which, with landscape, earth and sea as principal characters, seemed to invent a genre all of its own: ecological fiction.”