Tomb of Sand


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6.44 X 9.22 X 1.56 inches | 1.67 pounds

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About the Author

Geetanjali Shree has written four novels - Mai, Tirohit, Hamara Sheher Us Baras and Khali Jagah - and two collections of short stories in Hindi. Also to her credit is Between Two Worlds: An Intellectual Biography of Premchand. Her stories have been translated into Gujarati, English, German, Serbian and Japanese. Her novel Khali Jagah has been translated into Urdu in Pakistan and is being translated into English now. The English translation of Mai was shortlisted for the Hutch-Crossword Translation Award in 2000. She has received the Indu Sharma Katha Sammaan, Hindi Akademi Sahityakar Sammaan and Dwijdev Sammaan for her contribution to Hindi literature.


"An extraordinarily exuberant and incredibly playful book. . . . It manages to take issues of great seriousness--bereavement, loss, death--and conjure up an extraordinary choir, almost a cacophony, of voices. . . . It is extraordinarily fun and it is extraordinarily funny." -- Frank Wynne, chair of the International Booker committee

"Tomb of Sand is in part the story of an elderly woman who arises from her bed to make a journey across frontiers, into a damaged past, but it is also a patchwork of voices and unforgettable characters, chattering among themselves, elbowing one another off the page. Heart-wrenching but brimming with life . . . A lasting joy." -- The Financial Times

"Shree combines linguistic energy with unflagging wit to uncover the secrets and lies of Indian family life . . . [with] a marvelous ear. . . . Shree has no doubt drawn on the many writer she invokes directly in Tomb of Sand, but the novel I was most reminded of is an English-language one: Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children." -- New York Review of Books

"Shree is an excellent observer of women's inner lives. . . . This book, this Booker, has come at last, and for me it has come as a breath of fresh air." -- The Guardian

"The gorgeous writing is fluid and poetic, yet it is also plain and arresting with its direct second-person narration. Rockwell's translation retains wit and rich flavor. . . . Readers of international literature, award-list titles, and literary fiction will cherish Shree's written intricacies of interior worlds as well as her detailed settings that evoke a strong sense of place." -- Booklist

"A triumph of literature." -- The Financial Times

"Playful, magical and magnetic, this monumental novel speaks to themes of love, grief, family ties, feminism, borders, spirituality, climate change and more." -- Ms. magazine

"Quickly pulls you in and doesn't let go . . . A fantastical tale of rediscovery and delight in life." -- Apartment Therapy

"A novel of enormous intelligence." -- The Daily Telegraph

"Stunningly powerful . . . with Tomb of Sand, Shree claims space among the Partition writers she so vividly pays her dues to. Because as with the best literature, it speaks most urgently to the present." -- The Hindu

"Tomb of Sand is sweeping in subject matter and experimental in language. At the same time it manages to combine folklore and magic with a domestic familial story. It is truly unlike anything I've ever read." -- Asymptote

"[A] capacious, breathtaking book . . . Translator Daisy Rockwell deserves the equal billing the International Booker endows for translating the novel's idiosyncratic style so fluently and energetically. . . . It's impossible not to be charmed." -- The Guardian

"Exceptional." -- Irish Times

"There is a palpable freshness to Shree's world-building. Her India is a place where walls glide, snakes talk, butterflies know their worth and people are too insignificant to have names. Indeed, in its boldness and experimentation - and in its likelihood of influencing a new generation of authors - this breakthrough novel recalls Shree's fellow Indian-born Booker laureates, Arundhati Roy in The God of Small Things (1997) and Salman Rushdie in Midnight's Children (1981)." -- Times Literary Supplement (London)

"An engrossing fable . . . Shree scrupulously examines the demarcation between life and death, mother and daughter, past and present, and how grief and memory, when harnessed, have the power to cultivate long lost connections. The narrator's witty observations and lengthy humorous asides add to the breadth and depth of this rich novel. . . . For the reader who wades in Shree's luminous prose, the book's threads braid into a single, vivid tapestry." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Echoes of James Joyce, Jorge Luis Borges, Isabel Allende and Leo Tolstoy . . . An enchanting ride." -- BookPage

"An homage to the vibrancy of Hindi . . . [that] takes a page from Salman Rushdie's playbook with its adept use of magic realism . . . [Shree is] unabashedly paving her own path through the sandstorm of writers pining for Western acclaim." -- Washington Post