A Burning by Megha Majumdar

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Wednesday, Jul 28, 2021
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Megha Majumdar’s national best seller, A Burning is an electrifying debut novel. It’s a literary tour de force, about three unforgettable characters who seek to rise from their stations in life and find their lives entangled in the wake of a catastrophe in contemporary India.

Jivan is a Muslim girl from the slums, determined to become middle class but is accused of exercising a terrorist attack on a train because of a careless comment she posted on Facebook. PT Sir is an opportunistic gym teacher who hitches his aspirations to a right wing political party and finds that his own ascent depends on Jivan’s fall. Lovely, an irresistible non-binary outcast has exuberant dreams of Bollywood glory. Her alibi that can set Jivan free will cost her everything she aspires to.

Taut, symphonic, propulsive and riveting. Majumdar writes with dazzling assurance at a breakneck pace on complex themes that read like components of a thriller: class, fate, corruption, justice. The characters face profound obstacles and yet nurture aspirations in a country speeding toward extremism.

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