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A LIFE APART

A LIFE APART

A LIFE APART

NEEL MUKHERJEE

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Ritwik Ghosh, twenty-two and recently orphaned, finds the chance to start a new life when he arrives in England from Calcutta. But Oxford holds little of the salvation Ritwik is looking for. Instead, he moves to London, where he drops out of official existence into a shadowy hinterland of illegal immigrants. The story that Ritwik writes to stave off his loneliness begins to find ghostly echoes in his own life. And, as present and past of several lives collide, Ritwik’s own goes into free fall.
 
A life apart tells two stories. Ritwik, twenty-two and orphaned, escapes from a devastating childhood of abuse in calcutta to what he considers to be a new world, full of possibilities, in england, where he has a chance to start all over again. But his past, especially the all-consuming relationship with his mother, is a minefield: will ritwik find the salvation he is looking for? set in India, england and in raj bengal, this award-winning first novel is about dislocation and alienation, outsiders and losers, the tenuous and unconscious intersections of lives and histories, and the consolations of storytelling. unsentimental yet full of compassion, and written with unrelenting honesty, this scalding debut marks a new turning point in writing from India.

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