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A State of Freedom

by Neel Mukherjee

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A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee
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    Jan 2018, 304 pages

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A set of disparate storylines coalesce into a whole in A State of Freedom, a dazzling contemplation of life in contemporary India.

In an interview with the Indian newspaper, The Hindu, author Neel Mukherjee describes A State of Freedom as being a formal experiment driven by different principles of coherence. Across the book's five disparate sections, there is no obvious grand narrative arc, no plot to speak of, no holistic character development or neat resolutions. Instead the reader is left with a glorious, chaotic babel of voices and lives and hopes and suffering of migrants pursuing freedom and economic betterment within the confines of their native country of India. By removing the connective tissue of a typical work of fiction, Mukherjee admits he wanted to see whether his book could still answer to the name of that ever elusive term: novel. Understanding each of the sections and how they relate may shed some light on this question.

The opening chapter is the reader's gateway into the India of A ...

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