This is How You Lose Her

In delicate poetry, feisty non-fiction writing, Kandasamy always been a “sheltered within words”. (Photo: Cedric Gerome) “The number one lesson I have learnt as a : Don’t let people remove you from your own story,” writes the unnamed narrator in Meena Kandasamy’s new novel When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the as a Young Wife (Juggernaut). Just like battered young protagonist, whose marriage unspools a nightmare when she moves with husband to a new city to set up a life , it’s a lesson that Kandasamy had to learn the hard way, too. In 2011, she married the man she loved — she had met him during the of Leftist activism and he had seemed to share ideals. But, in the four months that followed, hemmed in by a cycle of escalating physical and emotional humiliation, it was intellectual life that offered the gritty resolve to write own ending. In second novel after The Gypsy Goddess (2014), Kandasamy walks the thin line between imagination and lived experience. In spare, visceral prose, she situates herself at the centre of novel — she […]

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