A State of Freedom

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.3 X 9.3 X 1.1 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Neel Mukherjee is the author of Choice; A Life Apart; The Lives of Others, shortlisted for the Booker Prize; and A State of Freedom, a New York Times Notable Book. He divides his time between London, England, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.


An extraordinary achievement. Subtle and multilayered, it's a study of the brutality of social divisions, written with tremendous tenderness; a work that insists on the dignity of figures obliged to lead undignified lives. A powerful, troubling novel. The moment I finished it, I began it again.--Sarah Waters
This is a great hymn to poor, scabby humanity, a devastating portrait of poverty and the inhumanity of the rich to the poor. A masterpiece.--Edmund White
Exquisitely written, cleverly structured, powerfully resonant to the very last line...A profoundly intelligent and empathetic novel of privilege and poverty, advancement and entrapment.-- "Wall Street Journal"
Simply gorgeous...A State of Freedom is a marvel of a book, shocking and beautiful, and it proves that Mukherjee is one of the most original and talented authors working today.-- "NPR"
Many of the sections are sprinkled with otherworldly moments and spectral figures, so that these narratives read almost like ghost stories, while others are rooted firmly in the achingly realistic, unequal, and unjust soil of modern day India.-- "Boston Globe"
Without announcing his experimental intent too loudly, Mukherjee rips the meat of the novel (imagery, incident, social insight, feeling, mood) from the bones (narrative and character development in the usual sense) and feeds his readers only the richest pieces...Mukherjee looks straight at the ugliest parts of an unequal society and uses what he finds to construct something beautiful.-- "Harper's Magazine"
Unsentimental, vivid, unsparing. Above all, there is compassion here...A calm, compelling, unshrinking portrait of humanity in transition; both disturbing and dazzling.-- "Kirkus (starred review)"
A compassionate, deeply felt tribute to India's forgotten people who strive to triumph over subjugation. With its mixture of prose styles and narrative voices, Mukherjee's novel is a literary achievement.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
Neel Mukherjee's breathtaking A State of Freedom is that rarest, most wonderful of things: a book both literarily dextrous, full of unforgettable scenes, images, language, and characters, as well as a furious, unsparing, clear-eyed study of how a society's gross inequities of money and power demean and deform the human condition. The most astonishing and brilliant novel I have read in a long, long time.--Hanya Yanagihara
A State of Freedom is formally audacious, vividly observed, and deeply imagined. Unsentimental yet full of heart, grimly real yet mysteriously dreamlike, with characters who continue to live their complicated lives long after you've turned the last page. Just a beautiful, beautiful piece of work.--Karen Joy Fowler