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A Passage North

A Passage North

By Anuk Arudpragasam

Paperback / softback | ISBN 9781783786961

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Harry Hartog's review

So much sensation and thought here, as we sink into this daydream of a novel. Our perspective, obscured by subjectivity, is like “the scratched surface of the window on,” yes, “a train taking us somewhere else,” our first instance of this choice imagery that would inform the pleasant plotlessness, the unhurried meandering, of Anuk Arudpragasam’s Proustian sensibility set already into perpetual motion from his first paragraph spread alluringly over two pages, then his second over another two, and so on. - James, Harry Hartog Bondi

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'Mesmerizing, political, intimate, unafraid - this is a superb novel, a novel that pays such close, intelligent attention to the world we all live in' - Sunjeev Sahota, author of the Booker shortlisted The Year of the Runaways

'one senses, reading his two extraordinary novels, a new mastery coming into being' - Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs To You and Cleanness

It begins with a message: a telephone call informing Krishan that his grandmother's former care-giver, Rani, has died in unexpected circumstances, at the bottom of a well in her village in the north, her neck broken by the fall. The news arrives on the heels of an email from Anjum, an activist he fell in love with four years earlier while living in Delhi, bringing with it the stirring of distant memories and desires.

As Krishan makes the long journey by train from Colombo into the war-torn Northern Province for the funeral, so begins a passage into the soul of an island devastated by violence. Written with precision and grace, A Passage North is a poignant memorial for the missing and the dead, and a luminous meditation on time, consciousness, and the lasting imprint of the connections we make with others.

'A Passage North is written with scrupulous attention to nuance and detail...At its center is an exquisite form of noticing, a way of rendering consciousness and handling time that connects Arudpragasam to the great novelists of the past' - Colm Toibin, New York Times bestselling author of Brooklyn and The Testament of Mary

'a revelatory exploration of the aftermath of war... (An) extraordinary and often illuminating novel' - Financial Times

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Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9781783786961
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Publisher: Granta Books
Number of pages: 304
Width (mm): 129
Height (mm): 198
Depth (mm): 18

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