I Have Become The Tide holds a mirror to contemporary India

Editor | Fiction

Githa Hariharan’s latest novel, I Have Become the Tide  (Simon & Schuster India, Rs 499)) is an urgent, wonderfully crafted novel where political, historical and contemporary realities jostle with each other to come to an understanding of the India we live in today, with its unjust caste and religious underpinnings.

Three separate stories–of a cattle skinner’s untouchable son, of a professor researching a mystic poet and of three students in contemporary India–come together slowly but relentlessly as this novel unfolds and reaches its despairing and astonishing climax.

Hariharan says: “We live in an India where the inequalities of caste flourish, side by side with terrible new ways of crushing all dissent. But we also live in an India where many people are brave enough to resist. The terrors of the new India, but also people’s hope: I wanted both to come to life in my novel.”

About the author:

Githa Hariharan‘s highly acclaimed body of work includes The Thousand Faces of Night which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book in 1993; the short story collection The Art of Dying; the novels The Ghosts of Vasu Master,When Dreams Travel,In Times of Siege,and Fugitive Histories; and the collection of essays Almost Home: Cities and Other Places. She has also written children’s stories, and edited a collection of translated short fiction, A Southern Harvest, and the essay collection From India to Palestine: Essays in Solidarity.

 

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