Preti Taneja

Novel Writers: Preti Taneja

We That Are Young

Novel Writers/
Thu 15 November 2018

Novel Writers: Preti Taneja

We That Are Young

Preti Taneja
Thu 15 November 2018,

Each month we invite a debut novelist to read from and talk about their work in an informal setting. Prior knowledge of the text is not essential. Topics of discussion include theme, structure, inspiration and the craft of writing. These sessions are a great way to discover new writing talent and great books.

This month, Preti Taneja talks about her debut novel We That Are Young, a startling insight into modern India, the rise of religious nationalism, the clash of youth and age, the intensity of life (and the ever-present spectre of death) in one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

Set against the backdrop of the anti-corruption protests that spread across India in 2011 and 2012, We That Are Young (winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017) is brilliant in its fierce, incandescent storytelling and the energy of its prose. It tells a deeply insightful tale of India today, the pace of life in one of the world’s fastest growing economies, the clash of youth and age, and the ever-present specter of death. But more than that, it is a novel about the human heart – and its inevitable breaking point.

Image credit: Louise Haywood Shiefer

 

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