Raghu Karnad: Farthest Field

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First published in the U.S. a year ago to fabulous reviews and praise, award-winning Indian journalist Raghu Karnad’s Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War (W.W. Norton, newly in paper) is both a great family story, and the story of a country that is about to undergo its own great transformations engaged in the cataclysm of the Second World War.

“Raghu Karnad's Farthest Field seemed at first to me a worthy new book, filling up the large blanks in the hegemonic Anglo-American view of World War II, part of a necessary excavation of suppressed and ignored histories. I wasn't prepared for its extraordinary aesthetic qualities and emotional power, as well as its serene mastery of outsize, intransigent material.” -Pankaj Mishra, New York Times Book Review.

“Like a superior commander himself, Karnad marshals and orders a huge range of materials, locations, and actions with apparently effortless skill, making everything cohere not only through a galloping and affecting narrative but, crucially, through a passionate moral core that repeatedly exposes the numerous ways in which Indians were treated as fodder by the Empire...The writing of history intersects gloriously with several other genres in this moving, eloquent, intelligent work.” -Neel Mukherjee, Financial Times.

Presently based in Bangalore and Delhi, Raghu Karnad makes this welcome first visit as part of extended U.S. travels.
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By: Elliott Bay Book Company

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