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Love Without a Story

Nominated | Book Awards 2020 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)

Love Without a Story

Author: Arundathi Subramaniam
Publisher: Amazon

Award Category: Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
About the Book: 

Here are poems that celebrate an expanding kinship: of passion and friendship, mythic quest and modern-day longing, in a world animated by dialogue and dissent, delirium and silence. Circling themes of intimacy and time, they return to the urgency of conversation: that fragile bridge across the frozen attitudes that divide our world. But at the heart of the collection is a deeper preoccupation, with those blurry places where humans might walk with gods, where the body might touch the beyond, where the enchanted might intersect effortlessly with the everyday. Where one stumbles upon what the poet simply calls ‘love without a story’.

About the Author: 

Arundhathi Subramaniam is the award-winning author of eleven books of poetry and prose. Widely translated and anthologised, her last volume of poetry, When God is a Traveller was the Season Choice of the Poetry Book Society, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. She is the recipient of various prizes and fellowships, including the inaugural Khushwant Singh Prize, the Raza Award for Poetry, the Zee Indian Women’s Award for Literature, the International Piero Bigongiari Prize in Italy, the Homi Bhabha Fellowship, the Charles Wallace Fellowship, among others. She has worked over the years as poetry editor, curator and critic. As prose writer, her books include The Book of Buddha, the bestselling biography of a contemporary mystic, Sadhguru: More Than a Life and most recently, Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga (co-authored with Sadhguru). As editor, her most recent book is the acclaimed anthology of Bhakti poetry, Eating God.


‘One of the finest poets writing in India today.’ – Keki Daruwalla, The Hindu

‘This is masterful work from a writer working at the height of her powers.’– Selectors, Winter Choice, 2014, Poetry Book Society

‘By turns both laconic and passionate, she asks questions about morality and integrity that many poets simply refuse to take on. Yet she is also an extraordinary love poet… A remarkable book from a remarkable poet.’ – John Burnside, Poetry Review

‘Arundhathi Subramaniam has already won acclaim as a poet of integrity…There is a beautiful uncertainty about her poems… intimately physical, intense enough to scald and char, along with a will to withdraw, to renounce… uninhibitedly sensual while still yearning for transcendence. This ambivalence, combined with a sense of wonder, of unexpectedness, of moods as well as words, is what marks her apart.’ – K. Satchidanandan, Frontline

‘…a strong personality and an individual voice; her poems feel as if they are meant to be read aloud as well as on the page.’– Bruce King, Journal of Postcolonial Literature

“Arundhathi must be one of the few poets who has tried the power of laughter and self-mockery, and found it satisfying! She’s no self-dramatizing heroine. Heroines end up as grans anyway. She finds another way “to walk the razor’s edge.” – Outlook India

“Arundhati Subramaniam’s book of poems offers up a world viewed with quiet wisdom and fresh insight.” – Scroll. In

“Arundhathi Subramaniam’s ‘Love Without a Story’ is a signature combination of finesse and largesse.” – The Wire

“A tall and elegant collection from a rigorous craftswoman.” – The Hindu

“Arundhathi Subramaniam’s new volume of poetry is unpredictable and utterly compelling.” – The Indian Express

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