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We That Are Young The story of a billionaire family dynasty, led by a gold plated madman, stewed in corruption, mired in violence, riven by infighting, deception and lies The resonances will be there for anyone who knows King Lear not to mention anyone struggling to come to terms with the new world order from the rise of the religious right wing in India to the Trump dynasty in the United States This is not just Shakespeare repurposed for our times it s a novel that urgently matters in 2017, and which will resonate for years to come Jivan Singh, the bastard scion of the Devraj family, returns to his childhood home after a long absence only to witness the unexpected resignation of the ageing patriarch from the vast corporation he founded, the Devraj Company On the same day, Sita, Devraj s youngest daughter, absconds refusing to submit to the marriage her father wants for her Meanwhile, Radha and Gargi, Sita s older sisters, must deal with the fallout And so begins a brutal, deathly struggle for power, ranging over the luxury hotels and spas of New Delhi and Amritsar, the Palaces and slums of Napurthala, to Srinagar, Kashmir Told in astonishing prose a great torrent of words and imagery We that are young is a modern day King Lear that bursts with energy and fierce, beautifully measured rage Set against the backdrop of the anti corruption protests in 2011 2012, it provides startling insights into modern India, the clash of youth and age, the hectic pace of life in one of the world s fastest growing economies and the ever present spectre of death More than that, this is a novel about the human heart And its breaking point.

10 thoughts on “We That Are Young

  1. says:

    Now deservedly shortlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize, alongside the outstanding shortlist for the 2017 Republic of Consciousness Prize for gorgeous prose and hardcore literary fiction from small, independent presses Edgar The weight of this sad time we must obey.Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say

  2. says:

    Update 21 6 18 Now the well deserved winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2018 Congratulations to Preti Taneja and all at Galley Beggar This vibrant, epic, ambitious transplantation of King Lear to modern India is by far the longest book on the Republic of Consciousness Prize shortlist, and looks a potential winne

  3. says:

    NOW DESERVEDLY THE WINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE TO FOLLOW ITS SHORTLISING FOR THE REPUBLIC OF CONSCIOUSNESS PRIZE for which I was a judge Galley Beggar Press is a small publisher responsible which aims to produce and support beautiful books and a vibrant, eclectic, risk taking range of literature and which decla

  4. says:

    We That Are Young has a feel to it that s not dissimilar to Salman Rushdie s recent, 2017, novel, The Golden House That s praise Both novels ultimately revolve around a big figure, a patriarch, who is revealed to be rather less worthy of the adulation that his status and visibility might indicate Preti Taneja s Devraj Bapuj

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    NOW RE READ AFTER ITS INCLUSION ON THE REPUBLIC OF CONSCIOUSNESS PRIZE LONG LIST.We That Are Young is published by Galley Beggar Press Perhaps best known as the publisher that took the risk on A Girl Is a Half formed Thing after everyone else had rejected it it went on to win the Women s Prize for Fiction , Galley Beggar Press i

  6. says:

    This should have been right smack dab in my wheelhouse, given my penchant for both Indian lit and Shakespeare it s a modern retelling of Lear but I must say, despite some gorgeous prose, I found it for the most part rather tedious and almost gave up halfway through In need of much judicious editing the inciting incident of the patria

  7. says:

    A modern day re telling of King Lear , We Are That Young is a brilliant exploration of greed, corruption and vice in modern India The novel follows the aristocrat cum royal family of Devraj a patriarch whose puissance dissolves once he cedes ownership of his company to his elder daughters, Garghi and Radha, only to rise, ephemerally, like

  8. says:

    I ve picked up this book as it received a lot of positive reviews here and has won Desmond Elliot prize for the first novel I have to admit I was somewhat underwhelmed The author models her book on King Lear and sets it in the modern day India In general, 2018 was the year of classic retelling by the modern authors in English language I am not

  9. says:

    We that are young, by Preti Taneja, is a fabulous reworking of King Lear Having enjoyed a number of adaptations of this Shakespearean tragedy on stage I was familiar with the direction the arc of the story was likely to take This did not in any way detract from my enjoyment The book is big in size, scope and depth The action is set in modern India

  10. says:

    A great book can be great at different levels, but a bad one doesn t have that luxury Mislaid by all the hype and praise from western critics made me pick up this book Probably this is the worst book I read in a long time Pathetic plotting, miserable attempt at adapting King Lear in Indian context, lack of real knowledge on the subcontinent is so eviden

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