Swerving to Solitude

Letters to Mama

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About The Book

A young Seema discovers a cache of letters and papers in a locker belonging to her deceased mother. Besides chronicling her far-roving life across Canada, USA, Mexico, and India, these offer a glimpse into her private history—her feelings for M, a major leader of the Communist movement in British India and abroad; her commitment to, not only him, but also his cause; and her struggle to keep alive her feelings for him after his disenchantment with Communism.
 
Even as Seema’s mother grows increasingly cynical about the Communist cause, Seema blossoms into a rebel, voicing her dissent during the Emergency. If her insurgent spirit is curtailed, it is on account of a marriage that cramps her style. All at once, Seema’s story crisscrosses with her mother’s—as both women try making sense of lackluster alliances; as both find comfort in letters.
 
A deftly woven tale spanning India’s pre- and post-Independence history, Letters to Mamma is, above all, a celebration of words. These are words staining missives; words connecting the contradictory worlds of idealism and reality; and words that remind readers why Keki N. Daruwalla remains one of India’s greatest writers.
 

About The Author

Keki N. Daruwalla is a highly-regarded Indian poet, short story writer and novelist in English. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1984 for his poetry collection, The Keeper of the Dead; the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for Asia in 1987; and the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, in 2014. He lives in New Delhi.
 

Product Details

  • Publisher: S&S India (August 21, 2018)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9789386797230

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