A Burning, Megha Majumdar


This taut, beautifully constructed novel confronts issues of class, fate, prejudice, corruption, and politics and news in a time of social media. Bitingly relevant, it has been called ‘a novel for our times’.

A magnificent debut.

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A Burning

A girl walks through the slums of Kolkata holding an armful of books. She returns home smelling of smoke, and checks her most prized possession: a brand-new smartphone, purchased in instalments. On Facebook, there is only one conversation.


On the small, glowing screen, she types a dangerous thing…

If the police didn’t help ordinary people like you and me, if the police watched them die, doesn’t that mean that the government is also a terrorist?’

Set in contemporary India, A Burning is the story of three unforgettable characters, all dreaming of a better future, whose lives are changed for ever when they become caught up in the devastating aftermath of a terrorist attack.

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