The Lives of Others (novel)

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The Lives of Others
Neel Mukherjee - The Lives of Others.jpg
AuthorNeel Mukherjee
CountryIndia
LanguageEnglish
PublisherChatto & Windus (UK); W. W. Norton (US)
Publication date
22 May 2014 (UK); 1 October 2014 (US)
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Pages528 pp (UK hardback edition)
ISBN978-0-7011-8629-6

The Lives of Others is a novel by Neel Mukherjee. It was published in 2014 by Chatto & Windus in the UK and W. W. Norton & Company in the US. The novel, the author's second one, was shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize on 9 September 2014.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

The novel is set in Calcutta (Kolkata) in the 1960s and follows a wealthy business family, one of whose members gets involved in extremist political activism. The book deals with the chasm between generations, and is set against a backdrop in which the gulf between the poor and the wealthy has never been wider.[2]

The Statesman described the book to have a neo-orientalist agenda.[3]

Independent noted the author's taste for violent contrasts and narratives within narratives.[4]

Awards and honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Neel Mukherjee shortlisted for 2014 Man Booker prize". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  2. ^ "The Lives of Others". 2014 Man Booker Prize. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  3. ^ Somdatta Mandal (27 September 2015). "The neo-orientalist agenda". The Statesman.
  4. ^ Patrick Gale (15 May 2014). "The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee, book review: A departure from the comfy Indian novel that both shocks and impresses". Independent.
  5. ^ "Neel Mukherjee shortlisted for 2014 Man Booker prize". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  6. ^ "2014 Winner". Encore Award. 19 June 2014. Archived from the original on 21 January 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  7. ^ "DSC Prize 2016 Finalists". 26 November 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2015.

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