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Litanies of Dutch Battery

N.S. Madhavan Translated By Rajesh Rajamohan

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ISBN 10: 0143065025 / ISBN 13: 9780143065029
Editorial: Penguin Books, 2010
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Born in Dutch Battery one of the many islands that speckle Kochi waters Edwina Theresa Irene Maria Anne Margarita Jessica is heir to the keepsakes and stories brought by the sea and winds Entwined with her life are those of other ?bridgeless? islanders  disconnected from the mainland every night with the departure of the last ferry boat Jessica?s great-grandfather Louis who stole the calculus of shipbuilding from his master and settled in Dutch Battery to start its first boatyard; her uncle Edwin who learned the art of making biryani from his father who in turn learned it from a carpet-seller from Shiraz; Santiague who was as passionate about staging the nearly extinct operatic drama chavittunatakam as he was about his evening toddy; the smallpox vaccinator Saradamma whose very shadow made the islanders scoot for cover; and Comrade Ramachandra Shenoy last in a long line of proselytizers like the Carmelite Dominican and Jesuit missionaries who succeeded in starting a unit of the Communist Party in Dutch Battery As Jessica dispassionately watches the victories failures and redemptions of the other islanders she finds herself caught in a relentless swirl of events Set against a fantastical social landscape and told with exquisite humour Litanies of Dutch Battery is a deeply political novel that is also the story of a newly independent India 324 pp. N° de ref. de la librería 86565

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Título: Litanies of Dutch Battery

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