A State of Freedom:
in conversation with HIRSH SAWHNEY
This event includes a book signing
February 8, 2018
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes NEEL MUKHERJEE, award-winning author of The Lives of Others and Past Continuous, for a discussion of his latest novel, A State of Freedom. He will be joined in conversation by acclaimed writer and editor HIRSH SAWHNEY, author of South Haven.
About A State of Freedom
What happens when one attempts to exchange the life one is given for something better? Can we transform the possibilities we are born into?
In this stunning novel, prize-winning author Neel Mukherjee wrests open the central, defining events of our century: displacement and migration. Five characters, in very different circumstances―from a domestic cook in Mumbai, to a vagrant and his dancing bear, to a girl who escapes terror in her home village for a new life in the city―find out the meanings of dislocation and the desire for more.
Set in contemporary India and moving between the reality of this world and the shadow of another, this novel of multiple narratives―formally daring, fierce, but full of pity―delivers a devastating and haunting exploration of the unquenchable human urge to strive for a different life.
“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
“Neel Mukherjee’s A State of Freedom is a novel like no other―its prose is so rich, unequivocally precise and graceful that it allows Mukherjee to illustrate the most horrific of experiences with stunning compassion. A State of Freedom is more than a novel―it is an immersive experience. He writes like a painter, his language is his palette, bringing to life the variation of India’s cities and towns in a dense, multilayered world.” —A. M. Homes
“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
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