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Taslima Nasrin’s poetry in translation, two critiques of the Indian Constitution, and much more.

Published : Oct 19, 2023 11:00 IST - 3 MINS READ

Mad Sisters of Esi 

Tashan Mehta

HarperCollins India


Fables, dreams and myths meld in this fantasy novel full of shapeshifting islands and ancient maps. Landscapes change; memory assumes new outlines; nothing is, but what is not, as Laleh and Myung try to find the truth in a fluid world. 


The Kala Ghoda Affair 

Kalpana Swaminathan 

Speaking Tiger 


Lalli—Kalpana Swaminathan’s silver-haired, sharp-as-a-tack detective—is back in this crackling mystery dating back to the Bombay of 1896 and featuring a priceless sapphire of the deepest blue. The sapphire goes missing, and 125 years after the incident, Mumbai Police seeks Lalli’s help to retrieve it. 


Burning Roses in My Garden 

Taslima Nasrin, translated by Jesse Waters 

Penguin India 


Taslima Nasrin’s first-ever comprehensive collection of poetry translated from Bangla into English is brimful of the exile’s loneliness, grief, and rapture. “Have I not, having kept a man for years, learnt that it’s/ like raising a snake?/ So many animals on this earth, why keep a man of all things?” she asks. 


Toward a Free Economy: Swatantra and Opposition Politics in Democratic India

Aditya Balasubramanian

Princeton University Press


This book, which traces the unknown history of economic conservatism in post- Independence India, takes its title from the “promise” made by the Swatantra Party, which was active in Indian politics from 1959 to 1974 and expands our ideas of neoliberalism, democracy, and the postcolonial world.


The Colonial Constitution: An Origin Story

Arghya Sengupta



Neither a critique nor a celebration, this “origin story” asks difficult and radical questions about the Indian Constitution such as what Gandhi did—what kind of Constitution can bring good governance to India—in an attempt to understand what new constitutional ideas India needs.


India’s Communal Constitution: Law, Religion, and the Making of a People

Mathew John

Cambridge University Press


Addressing debates on law, constitutionalism, and political identity in modern India, this book posits that the Indian Constitution is embodied by both a formal liberalism and a practical communalism, which it examines as the tendency to cast the people of India as a collection of communities.


Minor Notes, Volume 1 

Edited by Joshua Bennett and Jesse McCarthy, with a foreword by Tracy K. Smith

Penguin Classics


The Annual Banquet of The Gravediggers’ Guild 

Mathias Enard, translated by Frank Wynne 

Fitzcarraldo Editions 


Lord Jim at Home

Dinah Brooke, with a foreword by Ottessa Moshfegh 

McNally Editions; Reissue edition 


Out There Screaming: An Anthology of New Black Horror 

Edited by Jordan Peele 



A Day in the Life of Abed Salama: Anatomy of a Jerusalem Tragedy

Nathan Thrall



Extremely Online: The Untold Story of Fame, Influence, and Power on the Internet

Taylor Lorenz

Simon & Schuster


The Four Realms of Existence: A New Theory of Being Human

Joseph E. LeDoux

Harvard University Press


Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of Our Planet

Ben Goldfarb


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