New books on the shelves

A reimagination of the Biblical archetype of a “wicked woman”, an investigation into the religious taboos around sex, and much more.

Published : Mar 07, 2024 11:00 IST - 2 MINS READ

Maria, Just Maria

Sandhya Mary, translated by Jayasree Kalathil

Harper Perennial India


After the death of her grandfather, Maria stops speaking because she no longer wants to, and so is sent to a psychiatric hospital to “reconnect with reality”. This humorous novel is a poignant exploration of mental illness and what defines sanity in contemporary society.


Lorenzo Searches for the Meaning of Life

Upamanyu Chatterjee

Speaking Tiger


Upamanyu Chatterjee’s latest novel, blurbed as a “study of both the majesty and the banality of the spiritual path”, has all the characteristic features of his works—a loner and misfit who finds himself in a place he hardly understands; pain explored through black humour; and a flicker of redemption.


Eden Abandoned: The Story of Lilith

Shinie Antony

Hachette India


In this reworking of the Biblical story, Lilith is the arch rebel rather than the arch temptress. Wronged by Adam, she roams the earth, learns the dark arts, and fights the system. She forges her identity beyond Eden, Adam, and God.


Memories in the Service of the Hindu Nation: The Afterlife of the Partition of India

Pranav Kohli

Cambridge University Press


“What does it mean to remember the Partition in the time of fascism?” This is the question at the heart of this book, which shows how tragedy begets tragedy, and analyses how the hegemony of Hindu nationalism has structured the narratives of Hindu Partition survivors.


Sex and Religion: Teachings and Taboos in the History of World Faiths

Dag Øistein Endsjø

Speaking Tiger


A fascinating investigation into the rules, rituals, and taboos which have sought to celebrate, repress, and codify sex in religions across the world, from Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.


Empires of the Sea: A Human History of the Indian Ocean World

Radhika Seshan

Pan Macmillan


Placing the Indian Ocean at the heart of human history, this book explores the rich tapestry of India’s past through its maritime relations—from the Chola, Chalukya and Vijayanagar empires to the advent of colonialism.



The Marriage Artist

Andrew Winer 




John Williams

Vintage Classics


The Art Forger

B.A. Shapiro

Algonquin Books


The Vulnerables

Sigrid Nunez

Riverhead Books



The Political Outsider: Indian Democracy and the Lineages of Populism

Srirupa Roy

Stanford University Press


My Brother, My Land: A Story from Palestine

Sami Hermez with Sireen Sawalha

Redwood Press


Experimental Translation: The Work of Translation in the Age of Algorithmic Production

Lily Robert-Foley

Goldsmiths Press


Countering Dispossession, Reclaiming Land: A Social Movement Ethnography

David E. Gilbert

University of California Press

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