Sleeping on Jupiter

Sleeping on Jupiter

Anuradha Roy

Publisher: MacLehose Press, 2015
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 252 pages

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A train terminates at Jarmuli, a temple town by the sea. Here. Among pilgrims, priests and ashrams, three old women from the train encounter a girl with wild hair and sloppy clothes. What is someone like her doing in this remote corner, which attracts only worshippers?
Over the next few days, the women live out their dream of a holiday together; their temple guide finds ecstasy in forbidden love; and the girl is joined by a man battling his own demons.
As their lives overlap and collide, unexpected connections are revealed between devotion and violence, friendship and fear, and Jarmuli emerges as a place with a long, dark past that transforms all who encounter it.

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Winner of the DSC South Asia Prize, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for The Hindu Prize for best fiction 2016, The Tata Book of the Year Award, 2015, Atta Galatta Bangalore Literature Festival Fiction Prize 2015

“The themes of innocence stolen, the refuge of the imagination, and the inclination to look away are handled with sensitivity and subtlety in some of the best prose of recent years… An important contribution to an essential debate. Roy’s poetic work of luminous prose deserves a wide readership in India and beyond”

R. K. Morrison, Independent

“Roy holds her story in a fine balance, scrupulously turning from one perspective to another in order to show the often yawning gap between how we imagine ourselves and how other see us… She writes in a lucid, realist manner, contrasting her restraint with the violence of her subject…”.

Kate Webb, Times Literary Supplement

“Restrained and devastating…Balances formal neatness with raw political invective about the treatment of women in India.”

Tim Martin, Daily Telegraph

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Anuradha Roy’s highly praised literary debut, An Atlas of Impossible Longing, is listed by World Literature Today as one of the essential books on India. Since its publication in 2008 it has received internationally recognition, and has been widely translated. Roy has won several literary awards for her second and third novels, The Folded Earth and Sleeping on Jupiter. Her fourth novel All the lives we never lived was published in June to wonderful reviews and has established Roy as one our important contemporary literary voices, playful, lively and sincere.

Roy is represented by Winje Agency in all the Nordic countries.

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