Books by 3 Indians among year’s best

Also includes ‘A Burning’ by India-born Megha Majumdar

New York, November 21

Critically acclaimed books by three Indian writers have featured among this year’s ‘100 Notable Books’ list of The New York Times that also includes former US President Barack Obama’s newly released memoir ‘A Promised Land’.

Editors of The New York Times Book Review selected 100 “notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction” works from around the world. The prestigious list also includes the work of fiction ‘A Burning’ by India-born Megha Majumdar.

“A brazen act of terrorism in an Indian metropolis sets the plot of this propulsive debut novel in motion, and lands an innocent young bystander in jail. With impressive assurance and insight, Majumdar unfolds a timely story about the ways power is wielded to manipulate and crush the powerless," the report said of the book.

'Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line' by Deepa Anappara, who grew up in Kerala, also features in the list. “This first novel by an Indian journalist probes the secrets of a big-city shantytown as a 9-year-old boy tries to solve the mystery of a classmate's disappearance. Anappara impressively inhabits the inner worlds of children lost to their families, and of others who escape by a thread," the leading daily said.

Samanth Subramanian’s ‘A Dominant Character: The Radical Science and Restless Politics of JBS. Haldane’ is a nonfiction work. Haldane, British biologist and ardent communist, was once as famous as Einstein. — PTI

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