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The Year of the Runaways: A novel - Sunjeev Sahota
The Year of the Runaways: A novel
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Long-listed for the Man Booker PrizeOne of Granta's Best Young British Novelists in 2013 now gives us a sweeping, urgent contemporary epic about a year in the life of a group of young illegal Indian immigrants living and working together in the North of England.Randeep's middle-class family is... show more
Long-listed for the Man Booker PrizeOne of Granta's Best Young British Novelists in 2013 now gives us a sweeping, urgent contemporary epic about a year in the life of a group of young illegal Indian immigrants living and working together in the North of England.Randeep's middle-class family is sinking into poverty and he is sent abroad through a visa marriage to support them and make a new life. Avtar travels to England with Randeep on a student visa, the loss of which will lead him to make an unimaginable choice. Tochi is a dalit, an untouchable, who saw his family massacred and escaped to England with nothing but the scars on his back and a relentless will to live. Narinder is Randeep's visa wife, a pious Sikh whose connection to these men will prove both elusive and essential. Although they have little in common, these four will be drawn into an unforgettable relation as their fates and livelihoods become irreversibly entangled. Sprawling and urgent, magnificent in its depiction of adversity and the stubborn resilience of the spirit, The Year of the Runaways captures an extraordinary swath of human experience—and lives lived invisibly, under the radar, in insular communities or solitary desperation. At once shattering in its portrait of enveloping violence and adversity and astonishing in its defiant vision of hope. No one who reads this novel will ever look at the world in the same way again.From the Hardcover edition.
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Format: Kindle Edition
ISBN: 9781101946114
ASIN: B00Z3G1VZ4
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 480
Edition language: English
Category:
Cultural, India, Fiction
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4.0 Although it is a difficult read, it is very informative about the plight of the illegal immigrant
The Year of Runaways, Sunjeev Sahota, author; Sartaj Garewal, narrator There is no work in India. Those who might offer employment blame the coming elections for the lack of jobs. The country is in turmoil. Indian families depend on their children for economic aid and support. Often, a child is resp...
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