The Lives Of Others by Neel MukherjeeThe Lives Of Others by Neel Mukherjee

The Lives Of Others

byNeel Mukherjee

Paperback | March 12, 2015

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An epic saga telling the story of a Bengali family in Calcutta -- exploring a family that is decaying as the society around it fractures, and one young man who tries to reimagine his place in the world.

***Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014***

Calcutta, 1967. Unnoticed by his family, Supratik has become dangerously involved in extremist political activism. Compelled by an idealistic desire to change his life and the world around him, all he leaves behind before disappearing is a note.
     At home, his family slowly begins to unravel. Poisonous rivalries grow, the once-thriving family business implodes and destructive secrets are unearthed. And all around them the sands are shifting as society fractures, for this is a moment of turbulence, of inevitable and unstoppable change.
NEEL MUKHERJEE was born in Calcutta. His first novel, A Life Apart (2010), won the Vodafone-Crossword Award in India, the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award for best fiction, and was shortlisted for the inaugural DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. This is his second novel. He lives in London.
Title:The Lives Of OthersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 1.28 inPublished:March 12, 2015Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0099554488

ISBN - 13:9780099554486


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great concept, tedious execution. I was really excited to read this book, however was disappointed by the overly complex, and therefore incredibly slow, storytelling. The concept is great, it just became a difficult read.
Date published: 2015-03-23

Editorial Reviews

   • "Neel Mukherjee has written an outstanding novel: compelling, compassionate and complex, vivid, musical and fierce." --Rose Tremain    • "A devastating portrayal of a decadent society and the inevitably violent uprising against it, in the tradition of such politically charged Indian literature as the work of Prem Chand, Manto and Mulk Raj Anand. It is ferocious, unsparing and brutally honest." --Anita Desai    • "The Lives of Others is searing, savage and deeply moving: an unforgettably vivid picture of a time of turmoil." --Amitav Ghosh (    • "Very ambitious and very successful... One of Mukherjee's great gifts is precisely his capacity to imagine the lives of others... Neel Mukherjee terrifies and delights us simultaneously." --A S Byatt, Guardian