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Book Reviews

Violent Affairs

Karthik Shankar

KR Meera’s work confounds and illuminates difficult relationships

The Angel’s Beauty Spots: Three Novellas
KR Meera (Translated from the Malayalam by J. Devika)
A Life Full of Adventure: Leader of India’s Epic Ascent of Everest in 1965 /
A Life Full of Adventure: Leader of India’s Epic Ascent of Everest in 1965
Captain MS Kohli
Man of the Peaks

A chronicle of Indian mountaineering through the life of MS Kohli

The Great Repression: The Story of Sedition in India /
The Great Repression: The Story of Sedition in India
Chitranshul Sinha
Mind Your Speech

How governments across time have used sedition to suppress freedom

Prelude to a Riot /
Prelude to a Riot
Annie Zaidi
Surface Tensions

Making sense of the parochial mind

An Orchestra of Minorities /
An Orchestra of Minorities
Chigozie Obioma
When Worlds Meet

Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma, seen as the heir to Chinua Achebe, writes a love story wrapped in folklore

The Dutch House /
The Dutch House
Ann Patchett
Family Trauma

Ann Patchett’s new novel is about heartbreaks and healing

Revolutionary Constitutions: Charismatic Leadership and the Rule of Law /
Revolutionary Constitutions: Charismatic Leadership and the Rule of Law
Bruce Ackerman
Fraught States

The trouble in believing that constitutional crises around the world are symptoms of the same disease

Love to Hurt You /
Love to Hurt You
Rahul Saini
Sense and Sensuality

The erotic in India ranges from the subtle to the violent

The Battle for Pakistan: The Bitter US Friendship and a Tough Neighbourhood /
The Battle for Pakistan: The Bitter US Friendship and a Tough Neighbourhood
Shuja Nawaz
Pakistan’s Dilemma

Shuja Nawaz offers an insider’s perspective on strained US-Pakistan ties and challenges for India’s hostile neighbour

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