The Death of Mr.Love

The Death of Mr.Love

By (author) Indra Sinha

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Constructed around the true Nanavati murder case, Indra Sinha's first novel offers a rare and fascinating insight into the psychosexual undercurrents of Indian life. In a family of storytellers, there was one tale never told...The reverberations from the notorious Nanavati society murder in 1950s Bombay - involving a love triangle between an Indian playboy, an Englishwoman and her jealous Indian husband - were so great they reached the offices of Prime Minister Nehru. What is not known is that a second, connected crime, so cruel that it destroyed the lives of two women, went unreported and has remained unpunished. Until now. In present-day London the women's children meet. Driven by grief and anger they return to India to uncover the mystery of the crime that caused their mothers' suffering and exact their cold revenge. But in the bazaars of today's Bombay, a city racked and burned by riots, their adversary still enjoys huge power, and the friends soon find themselves in real, terrifying danger.

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  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 40mm | 480.81g
  • 02 Jun 2003
  • Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 0743207009
  • 9780743207003
  • 884,814

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Indra Sinha was born in India and spent his childhood in Bombay, Hyberdad and Rajasthan. As a top copywriter for Collett Dickenson Pearce he won awards in every major advertising show. His previous work, The Cybergypsies, met with widespread critical acclaim and he is now a full time writer, living in East Sussex with his family.

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"Sinha is an elegant writer, and his novel twinkles with genial intelligence." -- The Observer

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A masterfully told story of an old murder with a long reach moves seamlessly from the past to the present, from India to England, as a middle-aged Indian tries to learn the truth about his mother and a friend's past. Now based in England, the Indian-born Sinha (The Cybergypsies: A True Tale of Lust, War, and Betrayal on the Electronic Frontier, 1999) memorably evokes the contrasting textures of both societies in a first novel ostensibly about a true crime in 1950s Bombay-but in fact more about his protagonist's own life. It's 1998, and narrator Bhalu, a bookseller in Lewes, is summoned to London by his 76-year-old mother, Maya, who tells him she's dying. In Bombay, Maya had been a noted storyteller and scriptwriter for the film industry; but as a young student, Bhalu was arrested in a police raid, and once Maya secured his release, sent him to England, shortly following there herself. Now, Maya, who believes that lives are continually unfolding and that stories never really end, claims she left India for Bhalu's sake. Their leaving seems also strangely connected to the murder of one "Mr. Love," a famous Bombay philanderer. Recalling his childhood in Bombay and the Amborna Hills, where he first met English Phoebe and her mother Sybil, a close friend of Maya's, Bhalu also ruefully details his failures as a husband and as a filmmaker. Back in India he and Phoebe were close childhood friends who would explore the local countryside while Maya helped Sybil recover from an unspecified illness. Later, after Maya's death, Bhalu learns real story about Sybil when Phoebe, unmarried and curiously elusive, contacts him suggesting that he read Sybil's notebooks. From them he learns of Sybil's affair with "Mr. Love," her botched abortion, and the mysterious blackmailer who not only destroyed Sybil but also drove Maya and Bhalu to England. Returning to India to track down the blackmailer, Bhalu will finally understand both his own past, as well his mother's and Sybil's. A stylish, page-turning debut. (Kirkus Reviews)

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