COMING IN 2024: An English translation of Varsha Adalja’s award-winning Gujarati novel
Read a translated excerpt at Words Without Borders.
Praise for Crossroad by Varsha Adalja, award-winning Gujarati author, playwright, and screenwriter; Sahitya Akademi Winner (1995)
“a milestone in Gujarati literature”
“living, breathing characters”
“Adalja’s magnum opus”
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A multi-generational historical narrative spanning 1920s-70s India traveling across Gujarat, Delhi, Amritsar, Kolkata, Mumbai, and the US, this novel depicts true events from India’s journey to independence and beyond. With striking cinematic imagery, rich idiomatic prose, and a large cast of characters, it is a fascinating “reflection of a changing society” over the six defining decades of India’s nationhood and a riveting story about women challenging traditions and expectations to find their places in the world.
“Dedicated to the many named and unnamed martyrs who offered themselves as kindling to the sacrificial fire of India’s independence.” ~VARSHA ADALJA
“In fluid and well-crafted prose, Ms. Adalja shows how Gujarati સંસ્કાર, સંસ્કૃતિ, સ્વાધીનતા (values, culture, independence) evolved from the 1920s to the 1970s.” ~JENNY BHATT