When I Hit You: SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018

Atlantic Books

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018
LONGLISTED FOR THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE 2018
SHORTLISTED FOR THE JHALAK PRIZE 2018

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"Meena Kandasamy's vivid, sharp and precise writing makes a triumph of When I Hit You"- Guardian

Seduced by politics, poetry and an enduring dream of building a better world together, the unnamed narrator falls in love with a university professor. Moving with him to a rain-washed coastal town, she swiftly learns that what for her is a bond of love is for him a contract of ownership. As he sets about reducing her to his idealised version of an obedient wife, bullying her and devouring her ambition of being a writer in the process, she attempts to push back - a resistance he resolves to break with violence and rape.

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About the author

Meena Kandasamy (born 1984) is a poet, fiction writer, translator and activist who was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. She has published two collections of poetry, Touch (2006) and Ms. Militancy (2010), and the critically acclaimed novel, Gypsy Goddess. She currently lives in East London.
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Publisher
Atlantic Books
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Published on
May 4, 2017
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9781786491275
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Literary
Family & Relationships / Abuse / Domestic Partner Abuse
Fiction / Biographical
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Cultural Heritage
Fiction / General
Fiction / Literary
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La segunda novela de Kandasamy la ha situado en los altares de la novela contemporánea India. La historia de una joven atrapada en las redes de un marido tiránico. Un relato estremecedor, valeroso y feminista. Seducida por la convicción política, la poesía y el sueño de compartir un hermoso proyecto vital, la anónima narradora de esta novela se enamora de un profesor universitario marxista y se muda con él a una lluviosa ciudad costera del sur de la India. Pronto descubrirá que el vínculo de amor por ella imaginado es para él un contrato de propiedad que la reduce a la condición de esposa complaciente y sumisa. Aquel hombre de nobilísimos ideales inicia una asalto implacable a su cuerpo y su mente para cerrarle todos los caminos y, en última instancia, negarle el derecho a una existencia propia. No hay territorio donde él renuncie a imponer su dominio.Cuando ella reacciona, cuando busca vías de escape, él intenta quebrar su resistencia con un brutal tratamiento de golpes y violaciones. La literatura es el único refugio en ese infierno doméstico sostenido por la indiferencia de una sociedad que solo espera silencio y resignación. Nadie la va a salvar, solo ella puede hacerlo."Un puñetazo en el estómago" The Wire"Lo mejor que he leído en 2017. Léelo como un poema en prosa, un himno feminista o un experimento con la vida, pero léelo." The Daily O"De lectura urgente... esta novela late a través de una búsqueda universalmente reconocida de libertad en un mundo donde las mujeres todavía están sorprendentemente infravaloradas." Financial Times"Su lectura abrasa." The Guardian
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