Exquisite Cadavers

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Atlantic Books (UK)
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5.3 X 7.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author
Meena Kandasamy is a poet, fiction writer, translator and activist who was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. She has published two collections of poetry, Touch and Ms. Militancy, and the critically acclaimed novel, Gypsy Goddess. Her second novel, When I Hit You, was shortlisted for the Women's Prize for fiction 2018.
"Slyly funny and profoundly thoughtful. It is common for critics and readers to belittle women by assuming they write out of catharsis rather than to create. Exquisite Cadavers is not just a fierce rebuttal. It's a work of brilliance." --Financial Times

"An inventive fusion of fact and fiction." --Observer

"Fascinating . . . The cleverness of Kandasamy's bricolage is that it allows her to explicitly separate fiction and memoir, while ensuring they're intimately intertwined." --Guardian

"The key question about Exquisite Cadavers, however, is does all of this work? That is the hardest question to answer, because the terms are that it should be an experiment--there has never been a book quite like this. Better to ask, then, whether it surprises, grips, makes the reader take notice--all those things literature is supposed to do--to which the answer is, easily, yes, yes, and yes again." --The Irish Times

"It's wonderful, a different view of difference." --LitHub

"Kandasamy achieves the unachievable in this genre-defying, brilliant and satisfying double narrative. She subverts the mainstream by inserting her self into the margins of this timely novella. In doing so, she adds depth and intensity to an already gripping story of a mixed-race millennial couple grappling with identity, unexpected parenthood, zero-hour contracts and nearsightedness within academia. There is nothing Kandasamy can't do." --Zeba Talkhani, author, My Past is A Foreign Country

"A rich and absorbing text full of allusion . . . Kandasamy's work becomes more bold and exciting with each new book." --The Skinny

"Absorbing and innovative." --The Herald

"An extraordinary formally-inventive, beautiful at sentence-level novella." --Belfast Telegraph

"This is hands-down the most emotionally resonant book I have read this year. In this fragmented literary experiment, Kandasamy flawlessly combines the political and the personal with her searing insight and dazzling literary prowess." --Book Riot

"Wildly inventive and inimitable." --Mint