Sunday, April 26, 2009

Meanwhile some blurb love

Jeet Thayil: In these stories, families are seen in their whole corrosive element, and the poor and disenfranchised are returned to history—in language that’s affecting, tender, unexpected, like translations from a tongue infinitely superior to our own. Mridula Koshy's writing is deeply attentive and fearless, the work of an extraordinary Indian moralist with an unmistakable gift. 

Rana Dasgupta: In brooding, otherworldly prose, Mridula Koshy tells us the stories other writers overlook, or do not wish to tell: the household thoughts that must always remain silent, the disavowed dramas of the city, the heartbreaking proximity of opposite emotions.  "If It Is Sweet" is a book of savage, beautiful writing, whose empathy and curiosity flood over the usual barricades of the imagination – and remind us, indeed,what real writing is. 

Siddharth Deb: Mridula Koshy's voice is fresh and new, animated by a love of language and people that makes these stories remarkably strange and yet disconcertingly familiar.



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