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Censoring an Iranian Love Story
Shahriar Mandanipour
Translated by Sara Khalili
Hachette, 2009, pp 293, Rs 550

In a country where mere proximity between a man and a woman may be the prologue to deadly sin, where illicit passion is punished, telling that most redemptive of human narratives becomes the greatest literary challenge.

The Englishman’s Cameo:
A Mughal Murder Mystery
Madhulika Liddle
Hachette, 2009, pp 281, Rs 295

Muzaffar Jang is that rare creature in Mughal emperor Shahjahan’s Dilli — an aristocrat with friends in low places, one of whom Faisal, stands accused of murder. But when the body of Mirza Murad Begh is found stabbed in the chest, Faisal is the only one around. Determined to save his friend, Muzaffar decides to investigate the murder.

The Collaborator
Gerald Seymour
Hachette, 2009, pp 474, Rs 295

The Borelli clan are major players in the Camorra, a crime network more close-knit and ruthless than he Sicilian Mafia. So when Immacolata Borelli who returns to Britain to look after her gangster brother, calls senior investigator Mario Castrolami to say she is prepared to collaborate with justice, he knows she is setting in motion a terrifying series of events.

Arunachal Pradesh
The Hidden Land
Mamang Dai
Penguin, 2009, pp 140, Rs 1800

A tropical land hidden in rain and mist, a place where life and legend intertwine, a society dominated by age-old customs and beliefs, a people who till recently had little or no contact with the outside world, a region known as Arunachal Pradesh. The indescribable loveliness of this landscape is unveiled in this book, revealing a people who, since life began, have lives in complete harmony with their unique environment.

The Awakening
Anita Agnihotri
Translated by Nandini Guha
Zubaan, 2009, pp 285, Rs 295

The story unfolds against the backdrop of the violence of the Naxal movement in the 1960s and 70s that wiped out an entire generation of Bengal’s youth. The author handles a difficult subject sensitively and interweaves two struggles — one of an idol maker and the other of the families of the young Naxalite revolutionaries whom the state has destroyed.

India Since Independence:
Making Sense of Indian Politics
V Krishna Ananth
Pearson, 2009, pp 435 , Rs 750

A comprehensive account of India’s post-independence political history. It traces the development of the various political parties in India and places the current political scenario in a historical context.

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