Exquisite Cadavers

Exquisite Cadavers

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From the author of When I Hit You, shortlisted for the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction

Karim and Maya:
[x] share a home
[x] worry about money
[x] binge-watch films
[x] argue all the time

Karim, a young film-maker, carries with him the starry-eyed dreams of the Arab Revolution. Maya carries her own pressing concerns: an errant father, an unstable job, a chain-smoking habit, a sudden pregnancy. When Karim's brother disappears in Tunis, and Karim wants to go after him, Maya must choose between her partner and her home city, her future and her history...

In a conversation between forms, fictions and truths, Exquisite Cadavers is a novel about a young couple navigating love in London, and a literary hall of mirrors about an author navigating the inspirations behind her work.


'An inventive fusion' Observer
'A work of brilliance' Financial Times
'Wonderful' LitHub
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Product details

  • Hardback | 112 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 7mm | 237g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Main
  • 1786499657
  • 9781786499653
  • 6,289

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A rich and absorbing text full of allusion... Kandasamy's work becomes more bold and exciting with each new book. * The Skinny * An extraordinary formally-inventive, beautiful at sentence-level novella. * Belfast Telegraph * Kandasamy achieves the unachievable in this genre-defying, brilliant and satisfying double narrative. She subverts the mainstream by inserting her self into the margins of this timely novella. In doing so, she adds depth and intensity to an already gripping story of a mixed-race millennial couple grappling with identity, unexpected parenthood, zero-hour contracts and nearsightedness within academia. There is nothing Kandasamy can't do. * Zeba Talkhani, author of My Past is A Foreign Country * It's wonderful, a different view of difference. * LitHub * An inventive fusion of fact and fiction. * Observer * Exquisite Cadavers' experiment delivers a book that is slyly funny and profoundly thoughtful. It is common for critics and readers to belittle women by assuming they write out of catharsis rather than to create. Exquisite Cadavers is not just a fierce rebuttal. It's a work of brilliance. * Financial Times *
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About Meena Kandasamy

Meena Kandasamy is a poet, fiction writer, translator and activist who was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. She has published two collections of poetry, Touch (2006) and Ms. Militancy (2010), and the critically acclaimed novel, Gypsy Goddess. Her second novel, When I Hit You, was shortlisted for the Women's Prize for fiction 2018. She currently lives in East London.
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