The Living Days

The Living Days

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Ananda Devi
This novel of post-9/11 London is a masterful dissection of racism, aging, and the perturbing nature of desire.

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ISBN: 9781936932702
Publication Date: 11-05-2019

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A chance encounter on Portobello Road incites an unsettling, magnetic attraction between Mary, a seventy-five-year-old white British spinster, and Cub, a thirteen-year-old Jamaican boy from Brixton. Mary increasingly clings to phantoms as dementia overtakes her reality, latching on to Cub and channeling all of her remaining energy into their relationship. But their macabre romance comes to a horrific climax, as white supremacy, poverty, and class conflict explode on the streets of London.

Through exquisite juxtaposition, Ananda Devi uses lush prose to confront the tensions of an increasingly nationalistic metropolis, and the queasy nature of desire muddled with power.

"A fierce portrait of our times. . . . Sensual and provocative writing, woven of dreams and nightmares, which slowly closes around the reader and holds them in its grasp." —Le Monde des Livres

"Old age always bears a private violence. Ananda Devi describes its inevitable symptoms whilst ever letting us glimpse an illusion of spring." —L’Humanité