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Inhaltsangabe: The term ""sleeping dictionary"" was coined for young Indian women who slept with British men and educated them in the ways of India. Set between 1925 and the end of World War II, The Sleeping Dictionary is the story of Kamala, born to a peasant family in West Bengal, who makes her way to Calcutta of the 1930s. Haunted by a forbidden love, she is caught between the raging independence movement and the British colonial society she finds herself inhabiting. This portrait of late Raj India is both a saga and a passionate love story.
From the Author:
The Sleeping Dictionary, my latest novel, is my first historical suspense novel set in India. 'Why India?' a lot of people have asked, since I have a long-running mystery series set in Japan. I was not born in India, but my father was, and I've enjoyed long visits to his family hometown of Calcutta since childhood.
Calcutta's had a tough rap for poverty in a lot of fiction and films. Having been there so many times, I see more: a dynamic city of writers and artists, spectacular Indian and British colonial architecture, delicious cuisine, and political intrigue. It was once called the "City of Palaces" and was the capitol of British India until the early 1900s. Then the British government built New Delhi as its headquarters to get away from Calcutta's unpredictable and unruly freedom fighters. Many young female high school and college students were active protesters, couriers, and even soldiers in the movement to free India from British rule. I'm hoping to share this, as well as what the situation felt like for the British civil servants who believed that by enforcing strict laws in India, they would strengthen the empire and uplift Indian people as well. Whenever I start writing a book, I always know the location and themes I want to explore. What takes much longer is finding the right characters to keep me interested. After thinking for some time, the narrator seemed to whisper her name in my ear. She is a Bengali woman first introduced in 1930 as a poor but happy 10-year-old farmer's daughter nicknamed Pom. She goes through an incredible series of adventures, and by story's end, she's metamorphosed Kamala, a mature 27-year-old lady who's weathered a famine, war, childbirth and marriage...but is still struggling with how to recognize and share her past. It's a love-story, mother-daughter story, and political espionage--with recipes at the end.The book took me almost four years to write. By the time I was done, I realized that Kamala's journey from degradation to intellectual and social heights mirrored India's own route from a powerless colony to the world's largest democracy. I do hope you come along for the ride--let me know what you think.
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