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The Death Script: Dreams and Delusions in Naxal Country


Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | English Non-fiction

The Death Script: Dreams and Delusions in Naxal Country

Author: Ashutosh Bhardwaj

Award Category: English Non-fiction
About the Book: 

Remarkable … closely reported, sharply insightful, richly readable — RAMACHANDRA GUHA From 2011 to 2015, Ashutosh Bhardwaj lived in India’s ‘red corridor’, and made several trips thereafter, reporting on the Maoists, on the state’s atrocities, and on lives caught in the crossfire. In The Death Script, he writes of his time there, of the various men and women he meets from both sides of the conflict, bringing home with astonishing power the human cost of such a battle. Narrated in multiple voices, the book is a creative biography of Dandakaranya that combines the rigour of journalism, the intimacy of a diary, the musings of a travelogue, and the craft of a novel. Through the prism of the Maoist insurgency, Bhardwaj meditates on larger questions of violence and betrayal, sin and redemption, and what it means to live through and write about such experiences — making The Death Script one of the most significant works of non-fiction to be published in recent times.

About the Author: 

Ashutosh Bhardwaj is a journalist, fiction writer and literary critic. He won the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism for four consecutive years (2012--15). In 2015, he was shortlisted for the Reuters' Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism. He is the author of several novellas, a short story collection, and a book of essays on literature. He received the Krishna Baldev Vaid Fellowship for Fiction in 2012, was a writer in residence at Sangam House, Bangalore, in 2013, and a fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla (2017--19). In 2020, he will be a writer in residence at Prague -- City of Literature.

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