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Things to Leave Behind

Winner | Book Awards 2017 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)

Things to Leave Behind

A rich, panoramic historical novel shows you Kumaon and the Raj as you have never seen them.

Author: Namita Gokhale
Publisher: Penguin Random House India

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

Namita Gokhale's fiction helps us rise above the crimson tide of Uttarakhand's history, especially of Kumaon. Things to Leave Behind is a poignant tale of love, ennui and nostalgia.

Gokhale's fiction is a work of historical exegesis which critiques subaltern theories and focuses on feminist history in a small, erstwhile neglected area of Himalayan India. Gokhale's historical fiction written in a poetic style echoes J G Farrell's works, especially The Siege of Krishnapur. It is this original appropriation of literary and actual history that recommends this book for the first prize in the English-fiction category. This book will go on to win many more prizes in the future.

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