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ISBN13: 9780679752479
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A lone hunter, Vilie, sets out to find the river of his dreams, a place from which he will be able to wrest a stone that will give him untold power. His is a dangerous quest—not only must he overcome unquiet spirits, vengeful sorceresses, and demons of the forest, but there are armed men on his trail as well.

In When the River Sleeps, Easterine Kire transports her reader to the remote mountains of Nagaland in northeastern India, a place alive with natural wonder and supernatural enchantment. As Vilie treks through the forest on the trail of his dream, readers are also swept along with the powerful narrative and walk alongside him in a world where the spirits are every bit as real as men and women. Kire invites us into the lives and hearts of the people of Nagaland: their rituals and beliefs, their reverence for the land, their close-knit communities, and the rhythms of a life lived in harmony with their natural surroundings.

“Reminiscent of García Márquez’s magic realism and Leslie Marmon Silko’s Native-American storytelling. At the end, though, this is a Naga story, unmistakably so, in its sense of place, time, and oral traditions.” —Paulus Pimomo, Central Washington University

Review:

A deceptively simple second novel from author-filmmaker Mehta (Raj, 1989) that – with gentle good humor – addresses an age-old big subject: the workings of the human heart. The narrator here, a widower and former bureaucrat, has taken a position at the Government rest house, situated on the banks of the famed Narmada River, to become a vanaprasthi – "someone who has retired to the forest to reflect." Though he's always led a life undisturbed by passion, he now finds himself increasingly in contact with those whose lives have been dramatically affected by their emotions. The Narmada, a sacred river believed to have been created by the god Shiva, and rich in legends that celebrate pre- Aryan India – when the world was supposedly ruled by great serpents who lived in splendid underground kingdoms – attracts a variety of visitors....Subtle profundity in a beautifully evoked setting... Kirkus Associates

Synopsis:

With imaginative lushness and narrative elan, Mehta provides a novel that combines Indian storytelling with thoroughly modern perceptions into the nature of love--love both carnal and sublime, treacherous and redeeming. "Conveys a world that is spiritual, foreign, and entirely accessible."--Vanity Fair. Reading tour.

About the Author

Easterine Kire is a prolific writer from Indias northeastern region. A political exile, she lives in Norway.

Table of Contents

About the Book

About the Author

Title Page

Copyright

Note to the Reader

Dedication

1. Chapter 1

2. Chapter 2

3. Chapter 3

4. Chapter 4

5. Chapter 5

6. Chapter 6

7. Chapter 7

8. Chapter 8

9. Chapter 9

10. Chapter 10

11. Chapter 11

12. Chapter 12

13. Chapter 13

14. Chapter 14

15. Chapter 15

16. Chapter 16

17. Chapter 17

18. Chapter 18

19. Chapter 19

20. Chapter 20

21. Chapter 21

22. Chapter 22

23. Chapter 23

24. Chapter 24

25. Chapter 25

26. Chapter 26

27. Chapter 27

28. Chapter 28

29. Chapter 29

30. Chapter 30

31. Chapter 31

32. Chapter 32

33. Chapter 33

34. Chapter 34

35. Chapter 35

36. Chapter 36

37. Chapter 37

38. Chapter 38

39. Chapter 39

40. Chapter 40

41. Chapter 41

42. Chapter 42

43. Chapter 43

44. Chapter 44

45. Chapter 45

46. Chapter 46

47. Chapter 47

48. Chapter 48

49. Chapter 49

50. Chapter 50

51. Chapter 51

Glossary

Acknowledgements

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lukas, February 5, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
A series of connected stories set in around India's Narmada River, Gita Mehta's novel is a spicy, intoxicating book about he power of storytelling in the mode of Chaucer or the Arabian Nights. Stories of gods and goddesses, sinners and ascetics, musicians and executives all mix together in a very distinctive Indian way. Also, recommended: "The God of Small Things," "Such a Long Journey," "Shame."
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679752479
Author:
Mehta, Gita
Publisher:
Zubaan Books
Author:
Kire, Easterine
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
India
Subject:
Tales
Subject:
Pilgrims and pilgrimages
Subject:
Narmada River (India) Fiction.
Subject:
Narmada River
Subject:
Literatura Expressao Inglesa
Subject:
Pilgrims and pilgrimages -- India.
Subject:
Tales -- India -- Narmada River Valley.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
v. V
Publication Date:
20150815
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 in

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Product details 264 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679752479 Reviews:
"Review" by , A deceptively simple second novel from author-filmmaker Mehta (Raj, 1989) that – with gentle good humor – addresses an age-old big subject: the workings of the human heart. The narrator here, a widower and former bureaucrat, has taken a position at the Government rest house, situated on the banks of the famed Narmada River, to become a vanaprasthi – "someone who has retired to the forest to reflect." Though he's always led a life undisturbed by passion, he now finds himself increasingly in contact with those whose lives have been dramatically affected by their emotions. The Narmada, a sacred river believed to have been created by the god Shiva, and rich in legends that celebrate pre- Aryan India – when the world was supposedly ruled by great serpents who lived in splendid underground kingdoms – attracts a variety of visitors....Subtle profundity in a beautifully evoked setting...
"Synopsis" by , With imaginative lushness and narrative elan, Mehta provides a novel that combines Indian storytelling with thoroughly modern perceptions into the nature of love--love both carnal and sublime, treacherous and redeeming. "Conveys a world that is spiritual, foreign, and entirely accessible."--Vanity Fair. Reading tour.
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