The far field : a novel / Madhuri Vijay.

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    • Publication Information:
      First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Gorgeously tactile and sweeping in historical and socio-political scope, Pushcart Prize-winner Madhuri Vijay's The Far Field follows a complicated flaneuse across the Indian subcontinent as she reckons with her past, her desires, and the tumultuous present. In the wake of her mother's death, Kalyani, a privileged and restless young woman from Bangalore, sets out for a remote Himalayan village in the troubled northern region of Kashmir. Certain that the loss of her mother is somehow connected to the decade-old disappearance of Bashir Ahmed, a charming Kashmiri salesman who frequented her childhood home, she is determined to confront him. But upon her arrival, Kalyani is brought face to face with Kashmir's politics, as well as the tangled history of the local family that takes her in. And when life in the village turns volatile and old hatreds threaten to erupt into violence, Kalyani finds herself forced to make a series of choices that could hold dangerous repercussions for the very people she has come to love. With rare acumen and evocative prose, in The Far Field Madhuri Vijay masterfully examines Indian politics, class prejudice, and sexuality through the lens of an outsider, offering a profound meditation on grief, guilt, and the limits of compassion"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: In the wake of her mother's death, Shalini, a privileged and restless young woman from Bangalore, sets out for a remote Himalayan village in the troubled northern region of Kashmir. Certain that the loss of her mother is somehow connected to the decade-old disappearance of Bashir Ahmed, a charming Kashmiri salesman who frequented her childhood home, she is determined to confront him. Brought face to face with Kashmir's politics, as well as the tangled history of the local family that takes her in, Shalini, finds herself forced to make a series of choices that could hold dangerous repercussions for the very people she has come to love. -- adapted from publisher info
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    • ISBN:
      9780802128409
      0802128408
    • Accession Number:
      2018028232
    • Accession Number:
      1042115773
    • Accession Number:
      lcc.184022
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    • ABNT:
      VIJAY, M. The far field : a novel. [s. l.]: Grove Press, 2018. ISBN 9780802128409. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.184022&custid=s6224580. Acesso em: 12 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Vijay M. The Far Field : A Novel. Grove Press; 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.184022&custid=s6224580. Accessed December 12, 2019.
    • APA:
      Vijay, M. (2018). The far field : a novel. Grove Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.184022&custid=s6224580
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Vijay, Madhuri. 2018. The Far Field : A Novel. Grove Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.184022&custid=s6224580.
    • Harvard:
      Vijay, M. (2018) The far field : a novel. Grove Press. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.184022&custid=s6224580 (Accessed: 12 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Vijay, M 2018, The far field : a novel, Grove Press, viewed 12 December 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Vijay, Madhuri. The Far Field : A Novel. Grove Press, 2018. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.184022&custid=s6224580.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Vijay, Madhuri. The Far Field : A Novel. Grove Press, 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.184022&custid=s6224580.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Vijay M. The far field : a novel [Internet]. Grove Press; 2018 [cited 2019 Dec 12]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.184022&custid=s6224580

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2018 November #2

*Starred Review* Living back home in Bangalore after attending university, Shalini is adrift since her mother's recent death. When her father encourages her to come up with some sort of plan, she surprises even herself with a ready response: in fact, she's planning a trip to Kashmir. Secretly, she hopes to find a friend of her mother's whom she hasn't seen in years, a traveling salesman named Bashir Ahmed who stopped visiting when the political unrest in his region took too great a toll on him and his family. On her travels north, Shalini is struck repeatedly by how ill-prepared she was for such a journey, and by how little she wants it to end. Alternating chapters address Shalini's time in Kashmir, where she is introduced to others' astonishing struggles—and welcomed into their care—in a way she's never before experienced; and flash back to her childhood, unraveling the mysteries of her sharp-edged, dearly beloved mother and the man Shalini has crossed a country to find. Vijay intertwines her story's threads with dazzling skill. Dense, layered, impossible to pin—or put—down, her first novel is an engrossing tale of love and grief, politics and morality. Combining up-close character studies with finely plotted drama, this is a triumphant, transporting debut. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 August #1

In Pushcart Prize winner Vijay's debut novel, Shalini heads to a distant Kashmiri village, seeking a traveling salesman who no longer visits, a factor she links to her mother's recent death. When she arrives, she must instead confront village tension and Kashmir's political turmoil.

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

LJ Reviews 2019 January #1

DEBUT Set in Bangalore, India, Pushcart Prize winner Vijay's birthplace, this novel follows a young woman in search of herself. After losing her job, 30-year-old Shalini leaves her comfortable life and treks far north to Kishtwar to locate a salesman named Bashir Ahmed, whom she recalls from her childhood. There she learns the extent of the mysterious relationship between Ahmed and her mother and develops an unexpected relationship with Ahmed's son Riyaz and his family. Shalini immerses herself in the simplicities of life, even learning to milk a cow, and also becomes an English tutor to the daughter of a key village member. But in this remote region she also comes to understand firsthand the hard, dangerous truths of class struggles, politics, and gender in her country. VERDICT Narrating Shalini's journey in chapters that alternate between past and present and utilizing strong characterizations throughout, Vijay has crafted an engaging, suspenseful, and impressive debut. [See Prepub Alert, 7/9/18.]—Shirley Quan, Orange Cty. P.L., Santa Ana, CA

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2018 October #5

Vijay's remarkable debut novel is an engrossing narrative of individual angst played out against political turmoil in India's Jammu and Kashmir state in the late 2000s. Unmoored by her mother's death, 24-year-old Shalini apathetically floats from job to job while receiving financial support from her affluent father. In an effort to find closure, Shalini leaves her native Bangalore to search for Bashir Ahmed, her mother's only friend, who she hasn't seen in years. Upon arriving in tumultuous Jammu, Shalini is taken in by a Muslim family in Kishtwar and struggles to understand the fractured nature of her surroundings: the role of the omnipresent Indian Army, the disappearances of local Muslims, and the frequent violence against and perpetrated by both Muslims and Hindus. Her search eventually leads to a Himalayan village, whose generous inhabitants temporarily give her a sense of purpose amidst staggering natural beauty. However, Shalini's ignorance and inability to be honest with herself and others results in dangerous consequences for everyone she comes in contact with. Interspersed with flashbacks of Shalini's relationships with her dazzling yet mentally ill mother, the mysterious but kind Bashir Ahmed, and her withdrawn father, Shalini's misguided attempts at love, fulfillment, and friendship are poignant. Vijay's stunning debut novel expertly intertwines the personal and political to pick apart the history of Jammu and Kashmir. Agent: Claudia Ballard, William Morris (Jan.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.