A State of Freedom

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Product Details

Price
$25.95
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
Pages
288
Dimensions
6.3 X 1.1 X 9.3 inches | 1.2 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780393292909
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About the Author

Calcutta-born Neel Mukherjee is the author of three acclaimed novels. A State of Freedom was a New York Times Editors' Choice and The Lives of Others was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Mukherjee divides his time between London and the US.

Reviews

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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unsentimental, vivid, unsparing. Above all, there is compassion here...A calm, compelling, unshrinking portrait of humanity in transition; both disturbing and dazzling.
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