Format: B Format
Price: £ 7.99
Pages: 444 pp
Date: February 2009
\'Blends myth, history, and human emotion into a mixture as sweet as the nectar of the jackfruit and as tangled as human behaviour … highly recommended’ Library Journal, starred review
(About this author)
A brilliant blend of imaginative story telling and deeply moving explorations into the search for meaning in art and life, [book]Mistress[/book] is a literary tour de force from one of India’s most exciting writers.
When travel writer Christopher Stewart arrives at a riverside resort in Kerala, India, to meet Koman, a famous dancer, he enters a world of masks and repressed emotions. From their first meeting, both Koman and his niece Radha are drawn to this enigmatic young man with his cello and his incessant questions about the past. The triangle quickly excludes Shyam, Radha’s husband, who can only watch helplessly as she embraces Chris with a passion that he has never been able to draw from her. Also playing the role of observer-participant is Koman; his life story, as it unfolds, captures all the nuances and contradictions of the relationships being made – and unmade – in front of his eyes.