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If I Could Tell You

Soumya Bhattacharya

Published by Tranquebar | Language - English | Binding - Paper Back

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About the Book: If I could tell You

Shortlisted for the 2010 Hindu Best Fiction Award

The story I shall tell you is about failures. It is largely a story of hope thwarted, of promises broken. One of the reasons why I wanted to write these letters to you was to explain; but it was also, as though through writing them, I would come to understand. Through the writing, I hope to glimpse, before it is too late, some sort of pattern, some structure to the random events of the past few years. Words mean more than anything else to me. Perhaps they will to you one day too when you read this.

An unnamed narrator writes a series of letters to his daughter, explaining how his life has gone wrong. The letters, spanning the narrators life in India and England, and having as their unwavering focus his daughter and the relationship between them, speak of hopes unfulfilled, of promises broken.

In prose of extraordinary beauty and power, Soumya Bhattacharya crafts a story of longing, love and loss. It is a story about how luck and chance and a twist in events can irrevocably alter our lives, a story of how love can lead to catastrophe, and, ultimately, a story about the new India, and how its economy can make, and then break a man who always wanted only to be no more - and no less - than a writer. Haunting and tender, this is a remarkable novel from one of the most distinctive voices of his generation.

About the Author: Soumya Bhattacharya

Soumya Bhattacharya is the author of three other books: two internationally acclaimed books about cricket and India - You Must Like Cricket? and All That You Cant Leave Behind - and a memoir on fatherhood, Dads The Word. His fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Granta, the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent, New Statesman and the Sydney Morning Herald, among other publications. He is the editor of Hindustan Times, Mumbai.


A lyrical and moving account of two forms of creation-fatherhood and authorship-and of the joy and heartbreak inherent in each one of them. - Aravind Adiga, winner of the 2008 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

In Bhattacharyas nuanced, insightful vision, the ordinary surges with drama, despair, hope, life itself. This is a remarkable novel by a writer whose work we will read for years to come. - Vikram Chandra, author of Sacred Games, Love and Longing in Bombay, Red Earth and Pouring Rain


Book: If I Could Tell You
ISBN-13: 9789382618928
Product Code EBK0248882
Binding: Paper Back
Publishing Date: 2013
Publisher: Tranquebar
Language: English

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