Après que sa mère a été assassinée par des braconniers, un jeune éléphant terrorise désormais les villageois de l'Inde du Sud. Il piège ses victimes dont il ensevelit les corps sous des tas de feuilles et de poussière, ce qui lui vaut d'être surnommé « Le Fossoyeur ».
Manu, le fils d'un riziculteur pauvre, se trouve emporté contre son gré dans le milieu sordide du trafic d'ivoire, aux côtés de son frère Jayan qui voit dans le braconnage un moyen d'échapper à la misère des campagnes.
En parallèle, Emma, une Américaine, réalise un film documentaire sur Ravi Varma, un charismatique vétérinaire qui recueille de jeunes éléphants orphelins. Mais elle se retrouve impliquée dans une affaire risquée entre certains responsables de la réserve et des compagnies d'exploitation forestière.
Née en 1980, Tania James est une romancière indo-américaine. Elle a publié plusieurs romans et nouvelles aux États-Unis, et collabore régulièrement avec des revues et journaux. Elle est professeure à l'Université George Mason à Fairfax, et vit à Washington D.C.
La Défense, son deuxième roman, a reçu un très bel accueil outre-Atlantique, puisqu'il était dans la sélection 2015 du New York Times et dans la sélection finale du prix Dylan Thomas en 2016, qui récompense les jeunes talents.
An utterly irresistible first novel: The story of two sisters, the yearning to disappear into another country, and the powerful desire to return to the known world. Linno is a gifted artist, despite a childhood accident that has left her badly maimed, and Anju is one of Kerala’s most promising students. Both girls dream of coming to the United States, but it is Anju who wins a scholarship to a prestigious school in New York. She seizes it, even though it means lying and betraying her sister. When her lie is discovered, Anju disappears. Back in Kerala, Linno is undergoing a transformation of her own. But when she learns of Anju’s disappearance, Linno strikes out farther still, with a scheme to procure a visa so that she can come to America to look for her sister and save them both.
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From the highly acclaimed author of Atlas of Unknowns ("Dazzling...One of the most exciting debut novels since Zadie Smith's White Teeth" --San Francisco Chronicle),a bravura collection of short stories set in locales as varied as London, Sierra Leone, and the American Midwest that captures the yearning and dislocation of young men and women around the world.
In "Light & Luminous," a gifted instructor of Indian dance falls victim to the vanity and insecurities that have followed her into middle age. In "Tonto and the Undertaker," a widower copes with his loss by cruising Kentucky highways and burying roadkill. In "The Scriptological Review" a damaged young man obsessively studies his father's handwriting in hopes of making sense of his suicide. And in "What to Do with Henry," a white woman from Ohio takes in the illegitimate child her husband left behind in Sierra Leone, as well as an orphaned chimpanzee who comes to anchor this strange new family. With Aerogrammes, Tania James once again introduces us to a host of delicate, complicated, and beautifully realized characters who find themselves separated from their friends, families, and communities by race, pride, and grief.
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Selected as a Book of the Year 2016 in the GuardianShortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize 'One of the most compelling and unusual novels I've read this year.... A fascinating story of hunters and observers, old mythical gods and modern politics.' Sarah Hall, Guardian Books of the YearWhen a young elephant is brutally orphaned by poachers, it is only a matter of time before he begins terrorising the countryside, earning his malevolent name from the humans he kills and then tenderly buries with leaves. Manu, the studious son of a rice farmer, loses his cousin to the Gravedigger and is drawn into the alluring world of ivory hunting.Emma is working on a documentary set in a Kerala wildlife park with her best friend. Her work leads her to witness the porous boundary between conservation and corruption and she finds herself caught up in her own betrayal. As the novel hurtles toward its tragic climax, these three storylines fuse into a wrenching meditation on love and revenge, fact and myth, duty and sacrifice. In a feat of audacious imagination and arrestingly beautiful prose, The Tusk That Did the Damage tells an original and heartbreaking story about how we treat nature, and each other.
A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection
Certainly, London at the turn of the twentieth century is home to the world championship of wrestling, but the British wrestlers know nothing of the giant Kikkar Singh, for example, who once uprooted an acacia tree bare-handed, just because it was disrupting his view. They know nothing of pehlwans: they know nothing of the brothers Gama and Imam. The Lion and Panther have come from Lahore to become champions--but first they must find an opponent willing to be faced.
“Lion and Panther in London” captures the yearning and dislocation of young men far from home, even as brotherly rivalry fails to disappear--the explosive, warm-hearted first story in Tania James’s acclaimed collection Aerogrammes.
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