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Eve Out of Her Ruins by [Devi, Ananda]
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'"One day we wake up and the future has disappeared." So begins adult life in Troumaron, a run-down area of Port-Louis, in Mauritius. But Devi's young protagonists resist this erasure; boldest among them is Eve, one of the most compelling fictional characters I've ever encountered - she's up there with Ferrante's Lila. And fans of Ferrante's Neapolitan novels will also recognise in Devi's account of marginalised urban lives a similar commitment to the truth of how the dispossessed struggle. An extraordinary novel, beautifully translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman.' (Natasha Soobramanien, author of "Genie and Paul") Devi's prose is both thoughtful and torrential in its force.' (Le Monde) 'One of the major literary voices of the Indian Ocean.' (PEN American Centre) 'It could be a manifesto for reading translated fiction, and this stunning short novel is a perfect starting point.' (Deborah Smith, The Guardian) A remarkable book that is as much a call to action as it is a love story, Devi beautifully juxtaposes the beauty and despair of the island through her dreamy, ethereal prose, and the audacity of her characters' ambition.' (The Gazette, USA) 'Devi's novel is of a piece with an important strand in postcolonial feminist writing that locates the central tragedy of survival in the necessity of repeated leave-takings, which are always acts of betrayal-betrayal of home, of history, of nation, of those who stayed.' (Anjuli Raza Kolb, Bookforum) 'The power of this haunting novel is its universality; the stark contrast between the pleasures of the rich and the struggles of the poor has been explored previously, but Devi breathes new life into a familiar conflict by offering four interwoven perspectives, with each narrator affected differently and tragically by the impossibility of changing their circumstances. The beauty of Devi's prose belies the horror of the world she conjures up. This is a visceral portrait of violence rendered honestly and gracefully.' - Publishers' Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

Ananda Devi is a Mauritian and French author born in 1957 in Mauritius. Displaying a prodigious writing talent, Devi won her first literary prize at the age of fifteen for a short story in a Radio France Internationale competition. She has published eleven novels as well as short stories and poetry, and was featured at the PEN World Voices Festival in New York in 2015. Her literary awards include the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie (2006) and Prix Television Suisse Romande (2007) for "Eve de ses decombres", the Prix Louis-Guilloux (2010), the Prix Mokanda (2012). In 2010 Devi was made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government and in 2014 she was awarded the Prix du Rayonnement de la langue et de la litterature francaises by the Academie Francaise. After a few years spent in Congo-Brazzaville, Devi moved to Ferney-Voltaire in Switzerland in 1989.

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  • File Size: 768 KB
  • Print Length: 155 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1941920403
  • Publisher: Deep Vellum Publishing (August 22, 2016)
  • Publication Date: August 22, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01III4UUQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,085 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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