All the Lives We Never Lived by Anuradha Roy audiobook

All the Lives We Never Lived: A Novel

By Anuradha Roy
Read by Vikas Adam

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781982100513

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781508277415

  • ISBN: 9781508277408

Runtime: 11.38 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A Time Magazine Pick of Best New Books of the Month

From the Man Booker Prize-nominated author of Sleeping on Jupiter and “one of India’s greatest living authors” (O, The Oprah Magazine), a poignant and sweeping novel set in India during World War II and the present day about a son’s quest to uncover the truth about his mother.

In my childhood, I was known as the boy whose mother had run off with an Englishman. The man was in fact German, but in small‑town India in those days, all white foreigners were largely thought of as British.

So begins the “gracefully wrought” (Kirkus Reviews) story of Myshkin and his mother, Gayatri, who rebels against tradition to follow her artist’s instinct for freedom.

Freedom of a different kind is in the air across India. The fight against British rule is reaching a critical turn. The Nazis have come to power in Germany. At this point of crisis, two strangers arrive in Gayatri’s town, opening up to her the vision of other possible lives.

What took Myshkin’s mother from India and Dutch-held Bali in the 1930s, ripping a knife through his comfortingly familiar universe? Excavating the roots of the world in which he was abandoned, Myshkin comes to understand the connections between the anguish at home and a war‑torn universe overtaken by patriotism.

Evocative and moving, “this mesmerizing exploration of the darker consequences of freedom, love, and loyalty is an astonishing display of Roy’s literary prowess” (Publishers Weekly).

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[Roy] is a writer of great subtlety and intelligence…A beautifully written and compelling story.” Guardian (London)
“Fiction and history come together when Myshkin searches for answers about the mother who abandoned him as a boy, leaving him in a world he didn’t understand. He discovers his world—India as it fought for freedom before World War II—through the story of his mother, an artist desperate for her own independence. Time
“Roy blends historical fact and remarkable real-life characters into her tale, which takes freedom, in all its messy complexity, as its theme…Amid the atmospheric detailing there are pin-sharp modern resonances with modern India’s nationalism and punishing patriarchy.” Times (London)
“The scope of All the Lives We Never Lived is vast but also personal.” Irish Times

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Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Anuradha Roy

Author Bio: Anuradha Roy

Anuradha Roy is the author of An Atlas of Impossible Longing, which has been published in sixteen countries and named by World Literature Today as one of the sixty most essential books on modern India. She lives in India.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 11.38
Audience: Adult
Language: English