- Hardcover: 344 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins India (31 July 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9789353020262
- ISBN-13: 978-9353020262
- ASIN: 9353020263
- Package Dimensions: 32.5 x 26.7 x 3.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
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- #183 in Contemporary Fiction (Books)
Latitudes of Longing Hardcover – 31 Jul 2018
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What I’d really like to write in this space is brief: If you can read, read Shubhangi Swarup’s Latitudes of Longing ... Her voice is original, and her work shows the measured pace of a dance. [This] is a book to be savoured. – THE HINDU
A promising debut that weaves together multiple lives into an exquisite matrix of natural and supernatural phenomena. – liveMINT
About the Author
Shubhangi Swarup is a journalist and educationist. She was awarded the Charles Pick Fellowship for Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, and has also won awards for gender sensitivity in feature writing. She lives in Mumbai.See all Product description
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Latitudes of Longing by Shubhangi Swarup (HarperCollins India)
A Brilliant Debut that Blends Natural with Supernatural, Human with Otherworldly
Latitudes of Longing sweeps through worlds and times that are inhabited by: a scientist who studies trees and a clairvoyant who talks to them; Lord Goodenough who travels around the furthest reaches of the Raj, giving names to nameless places; a geologist working towards ending futile wars over a glacier; octogenarian lovers; a superstitious dictator and a mother struggling to get her revolutionary son released; a yeti who seeks human companionship; a turtle who turns first into a boat and then a woman; and the ghost of an evaporated ocean as restless as the continents. A geological fault line at the heart of this brilliantly-conceptualised novel mirrors the journeys of its characters.
Shubhangi Swarup was born in 1982 in Nashik. She is a print journalist, filmmaker, novelist and an educationist. Talking of Latitudes of Longing, which is her first novel, she says: “I wanted to use my first chapter in the application for a fellowship but I was told that it lacked flow. This naturally upset me.” What was initially a disjointed and disconnected way of telling a story, staccato almost, eventually became her strength. “The words on the page would freeze up when I tried to impose my will.”
She has volunteered for diverse causes since her teens. She has studied conflict management, taught street children and worked against sexual violence. She calls herself “a hopeless backpacker” and loves to travel, which is one of the reasons why the novel goes through so many beautiful and intriguing places. She lives in Mumbai.
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Latitudes of Longing run through an atlas that consists of an ever shape-shifting, almost impossible geography of Love, Friendship, Instincts, Passions and Remembrance. Shubhangi Swarup draws and brings a world where opposite ideas co-habit, argue, pursue each other, even marry, live and evaporate into nothingness, leaving back a trail of an existence that is sometimes discovered and sometimes lost only to enrich the author's poetic writing style.
Nothing remains yet everything remains in the world that Shubhangi Swarup has carved out from rocks of consciousness. There is a symmetry to chaos in 'Latitudes Of Longing' This is a book that you wouldn't afford missing out on...
I loved how complete this book made me feel, tying all ends. While words would fail to tell how I felt reading this book, I would have to read it again to relive it in a different way.
The debutante Subhangi Swarup is calling you to live her magnup opus creation. The author wrote in one place - "Some dreams are so beautiful and fragile.. they are left unrealized."
Just like that some stories are so beautiful that it's hard to describe & impossible to review. I am just speechless, my words have lost somewhere in the trap of her magical writing. The book is just.... Mesmerizing. Still let's discuss something in very brief. I don't want to talk about the plot, just read the blurb, buy the book(if you still didn't) & drown in it.
It's magic realism, purely. The nomenclature, exceptional writing, the lyrical flow, the metaphors, the tone, setting, character development, the rich research, detailing - everything is magical & brilliantly original. There is island, mountain, sea, rivers, water, snow, human, goddess, ghost, fossils, joy, melancholy, dreams, stars, cosmos and everything but only magic! You will be mesmerized by the writing modus. The author's perspective to see the world is so enchanting that you will forget everything about the outer world & will stick to this beautiful world. The author compared the geological & natural events with human interactions. The intense research is evident on every pages. Every single characters are created with so much passion. I read it slowly as I am a slow reader but it's dream like narration & flow will bound you to finish as soon as possible.
You have never read anything like this. Its is a dreamy debut & a novel to remember. Eagerly waiting to see what the genius author do next. Pick it, read it & live it, it's going to be one of the finest experience of life, without any doubt. A full five star & infinity!
Shubhangi has created this Kafkaesque book and blended the surrealism of Murakami into it while retaining her own style of originality of writing.
She weaves the Mother Nature in various forms (valleys, islands, deserts, mountains, oceans) with our lives and makes us realise the faultlines underneath.
Words used are fresh and pure like the first harvest of the season. She has these single sentences which leave you jolted by the depth of their meaning.