Exquisite Cadavers – Meena Kandaswamy


Exquisite Cadavers‘ experiment delivers a book that is slyly funny and profoundly thoughtful. It is common for critics and readers to belittle women by assuming they write out of catharsis rather than to create. Exquisite Cadavers is not just a fierce rebuttal. It’s a work of brilliance. ― Financial Times

An inventive fusion of fact and fiction. ― Observer

Fascinating… The cleverness of Kandasamy’s bricolage is that it allows her to explicitly separate fiction and memoir, while ensuring they’re intimately intertwined. ― Guardian

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Karim, a young film-maker, carries with him the starry-eyed dreams of the Arab Revolution. Maya carries her own pressing concerns: an errant father, an unstable job, a chain-smoking habit, a sudden pregnancy. When Karim’s brother disappears in Tunis, and Karim wants to go after him, Maya must choose between her partner and her home city, her future and her history . . .

In conversation between forms, fictions and truths, Exquisite Cadavers is a story about a young couple navigating love in London, and a literary hall of mirrors about an author navigating the inspirations behind her work.

About the Author

Meena Kandasamy is a poet, fiction writer, translator and activist who was born in Chennai. She has published two collections of poetry, Touch (2006) and Ms. Militancy (2010), and the critically acclaimed novel, Gypsy Goddess. Her second novel, When I Hit You, has been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018. She currently lives in East London.



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