Rajmahal (Paperback)

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An exploration of post-colonial Indian life through "engagingly embroidered stories that leave us replete and delighted" (The Sunday Tribune, India).

Marriages, affairs, death, madness, and second chances all live within the walls of Rajmahal, an unusual Bengali house that has stood through a century of turbulent changes. Within the walls of this stately home, now divided into six apartments, the melting pot of tenants include Sikhs, Muslims, Brits, Russian-Bengalis, zamindari Bengalis, and Roman Catholics. As different as they are, all face the same struggle to come to grips with the social, economic, and intellectual forces working in India as it moves from the British Raj to independence.

In this beautifully crafted tale, the intertwined fortunes and personal battles of these characters become a mirror of the country's struggle for possession of its future. "The encompassing achievement of the novel is its penetration . . . of the life of the post-colonialist and post-colonized living on, somehow together" (Nadine Gordimer, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature).

About the Author

Kamalini Sengupta is the author of two novels: A Seasoned Couple and Rajmahal (previously entitled The Top of the Raintree). Trained at the London School of Journalism, she freelances for newspapers and magazines published in India, the UK, and Hong Kong. As the head of The Surya Trust, she films documentaries that aim to correct misconceptions about Indian life.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781558616080
ISBN-10: 155861608X
Publisher: Feminist Press
Publication Date: July 1st, 2010
Pages: 288
Language: English