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The story of a billionaire family dynasty led by a gold plated madman stewed in corruption mired in violence riven by infighting deception and lies The resonances will be there for anyone who knows King Lear not to mention anyone struggling to come to terms with the new world order from the rise of the religious right wing in India to the Trump dynasty in the United States This is not just Shakespeare repurposed for our times – it’s a novel that urgently matters in 2017 and which will resonate for years to come Jivan Singh the bastard NOW DESERVEDLY THE WINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE TO FOLLOW ITS SHORTLISING FOR THE REPUBLIC OF CONSCIOUSNESS PRIZE for which I was a judge Galley Beggar Pre

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We That Are Young

Scion of the Devraj family returns to his childhood home after a long absence – only to witness the unexpected resignation of the ageing patriarch from the vast corporation he founded the Devraj Company On the same day Sita Devraj’s youngest daughter absconds – refusing to submit to the marriage her father wants for her Meanwhile Radha and Gargi Sita’s older sisters must deal with the fallout And so begins a brutal deathly struggle for power ranging over the luxury hotels and spas of New Delhi and Amritsar the Palaces and slums of We That Are Young has a feel to it that s not dissimilar to Salman Rushdie s recent 2017 novel The Golden House That s praise Both novels ultimately revolve aroun

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Napurthala to Srinagar Kashmir Told in astonishing prose – a great torrent of words and imagery – We that are young is a modern day King Lear that bursts with energy and fierce beautifully measured rage Set against the backdrop of the anti corruption protests in 2011–2012 it provides startling insights into modern India the clash of youth and age the hectic pace of life in one of the world’s fastest growing economies – and the ever present spectre of death More than that this is a novel about the human heart And its breaking poin We that are young by Preti Taneja is a fabulous reworking of King Lear Having enjoyed a number of adaptations of this Shakespearean tragedy on stage I was familia


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  1. says:

    Now deservedly shortlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize alongside the outstanding shortlist for the 2017 Republic of Consciousness Prize for 'gorgeous prose and hardcore literary fiction' from small independent presses Edgar The we

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    NOW DESERVEDLY THE WINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE TO FOLLOW ITS SHORTLISING FOR THE REPUBLIC OF CONSCIOUSNESS PRIZE for which I was a judge Galley Beggar Press is a small publisher responsible which aims to produce and support beautiful books and a vibrant eclectic risk taking range of literature and which declares

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    Update 21618 Now the well deserved winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2018 Congratulations to Preti Taneja and all at Galley Beggar This vibrant epic ambitious transplantation of King Lear to modern India is by far the longest book

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    We That Are Young has a feel to it that's not dissimilar to Salman Rushdie's recent 2017 novel The Golden House That's praise Both novels ultimately revolve around a big figure a patriarch who is revealed to be rather less worthy of the adulation that his status and visibility might indicate Preti Taneja's Devraj Bapuji to Rushdie's Nero Golden Both books shine a spotlight on an India of the latter 20th century far removed from the deferenc

  5. says:

    This should have been right smack dab in my wheelhouse given my penchant for both Indian lit and Shakespeare it's a modern retelling of Lear but I must say despite some gorgeous prose I found it for the most part

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    NOW RE READ AFTER ITS INCLUSION ON THE REPUBLIC OF CONSCIOUSNESS PRIZE LONG LISTWe That Are Young is published by Galley Beggar Press Perhaps best known as the publisher that took the risk on A Girl Is a Half formed Thing af

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    A modern day re telling of King Lear 'We Are That Young' is a brilliant exploration of greed corruption and vice in modern India The novel follows the aristocrat cum royal family of Devraj; a patriarch whose puissance dissolves once he cedes o

  8. says:

    I've picked up this book as it received a lot of positive reviews here and has won Desmond Elliot prize for the first novel I have to admit I was somewhat underwhelmed The author models her book on King Lear and

  9. says:

    We that are young by Preti Taneja is a fabulous reworking of King Lear Having enjoyed a number of adaptations of this Sha

  10. says:

    A great book can be great at different levels but a bad one doesn’t have that luxury Mislaid by all the hype and praise from western critics made me pick up this book Probably this is the worst book I read in a long time Pathetic plotting miserable attempt at adapting King Lear in Indian context lack of real k

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