August 04, 2011


Title : Thunder Demons
Author : Dipika Mukherjee
Publisher: Gyaana Books 
Genre: Literary
About The Book: 
Set against the backdrop of conflicting cultures, political turbulence, and a deep sense of belonging to the contradictions that form Malaysia, Agni is struggling to comprehend her relationship with the land she calls home. Abhik - her childhood friend and new lover, is supportive of her quest to unbolt dark secrets from her past about her mother's death, but the only man who can answer her questions is Jay Ghosh - for he still wears her mother's demon's teeth around his neck. Jay had been there with Shanti the evening she died. When Jay lands in Malaysia after thirty years - summoned by Colonel S, his mentor and father figure - Jay realises, as does Agni, that nothing is as it seems. Each must fight larger demons, for there are greater things at stake.
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'With astonishing honesty, Dipika Mukherjee's 'Thunder Demons' exposes modern Malaysia's ugliest secrets in a page-turner of a tale about loyalty, love, family, memory, and the role of politics in the lives of ordinary human beings. This book will open the eyes of non-Malaysians and break the hearts of Malaysians by forcing us to confront what our country has become.' -- Preeta Samarasan, winner of the Hopwood Novel Award 2006
'With a strong cast of characters, 'Thunder Demons' unveils Malaysia as it grapples with 
tradition in the face of globalization,  especially over the issue of who is a “bumiputra” . 
Combining themes of communal violence, religion and identity, this is a racy and dramatic story of love and betrayal.' -- Kishwar Desai, winner of UK Costa First Novel Award 2010

About The Author:
Dipika Mukherjee's debut novel,Thunder Demons, was long-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2009, and she won the Platform Flash Fiction competition in April 2009. Her most recent work has appeared in the Asia Literary Review (Hong Kong), The South Asia Review (USA), Flashquake(USA), Freefall (Canada), Del Sol Review (USA), Pilot Pocket Books(Canada), Quarterly Literary Review of Singapore (Singapore), New Writing Dundee (UK), Asiatic (Malaysia) andMuse India (India). She has edited two anthologies of short stories: Silverfish New Writing 6 (Silverfish, 2006) andThe Merlion and Hibiscus (Penguin, 2002) She is currently a professor at the Department of Linguistic Studies at the Shanghai International Studies University, China, as well as Affiliated Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden, Netherlands.

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