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“100 Notable Books” by the NYT features books by 3 Indian writers in 2020

Critically-acclaimed books by Meghna Majumdar, Deepa Anappara, and Samanth Subramanian have been featured among 2020’s list of “100 Notable Books” selected by the New York Times which also includes the former U.S president, Barack Obama’s newly released memoir “A Promised Land.”

On this prestigious list, Editors of the New York Times Book Review selected work of “100 Notable Fiction, Poetry and Nonfiction” all over the world. This list includes the fictional work by the India-born Meghna Majumdar ‘A Burning.’ The book depicts the brazen acts of terrorism in the metropolis of India which sets the plot for this debut novel, where an innocent young bystander ends up in imprisoned. Good insights and assurance, Meghna Majumdar is revealing a timely story about the use of power to manipulate the weak.

Another one that features on this list is “Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line” by Deepa Anappara from Kerala. This her first novel by Deepa, an Indian Journalist, the book dives into the secrets of a big city, shantytown as a young 9 y/o boy tries to solve the mystery of a classmate who has suddenly disappeared. The book is inhabiting the world of children who are lost to their families and others who have escaped.

The third one is the nonfiction book ‘A Dominant Character: The Radical Science and Restless Politics of J.B.S Haldane’ by an Indian journalist Samanth Subramanian who lives in London.

The story about J.B.S Haldane, a British biologist and an ardent communist who helped in synthesizing the Darwinian evolution with Mendelian genetics. Haldane was once equally famous as Einstein. The elegance in this biography by Subramanian has doubled the timely symbol of the uptight relationship between science and politics.

One more book by the British-Indian author Hari Kunzru known as “Red Pill” also features in the list. The book is about a fellowship at a study center in Germany that turns ominous, which sets a writer on a paranoid quest the expose the political evil he believes is wandering free in the world. Hari Kunzru’s uniquely wonderful novel traces ancestry from German Romanticism to National Socialism to the alternate right. It is rich with on-spot insights about surveillance and power.

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