We That Are Young (paperback edition)

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The story of a billionaire family dynasty, led by a gold-plated madman, stewed in corruption, mired in violence, riven by infighting, deception and lies… The resonances will be there for anyone who knows King Lear - not to mention anyone struggling to come to terms with the new world order - from  the rise of the religious right wing in India to the Trump dynasty in the United States. This is not just Shakespeare repurposed for our times – it’s a novel that urgently matters in 2017, and which will resonate for years to come.
 
Jivan Singh, the bastard scion of the Devraj family, returns to his childhood home after a long absence – only to witness the unexpected resignation of the ageing patriarch from the vast corporation he founded, the Devraj Company. On the same day, Sita, Devraj’s youngest daughter, absconds – refusing to submit to the marriage her father wants for her. Meanwhile, Radha and Gargi, Sita’s older sisters, must deal with the fallout… And so begins a brutal, deathly struggle for power, ranging over the luxury hotels and spas of New Delhi and Amritsar, the Palaces and slums of Napurthala, to Srinagar, Kashmir. 
 
Told in astonishing prose – a great torrent of words and imagery – We that are young is a modern-day King Lear that bursts with energy and fierce, beautifully measured rage. Set against the backdrop of the anti-corruption protests in 2011–2012, it provides startling insights into modern India, the clash of youth and age, the hectic pace of life in one of the world’s fastest growing economies – and the ever-present spectre of death. More than that, this is a novel about the human heart. And its breaking point.
 
 
Here's what people are saying about Preti:
Utterly engrossing, very smart, very moving… We That Are Young is subtle, ambitious and highly original.’ 
Andrew Motion
 
‘Preti Taneja is a writer to watch, no doubt about it.’ 
Deborah Levy 
 
‘Taneja writes in light bright prose that echoes Katherine Mansfield, only to surpass her.’ 
Maureen Freely
 
‘Her characters are sensuously, tangibly, present; her prose draws you in with the sureness of poetry.’ 
John Cornwell
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Pages: 
350
Published: 
February 2017