Latitudes of Longing

Latitudes of Longing

A Novel

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A sweeping, lyrical debut about the love and longing between humanity and the earth itself, by a major new literary talent from India

"Astonishing and completely original, Shubhangi Swarup's magical novel will change the way you see people--and landscapes, forests, the oceans, snow deserts."--Nilanjana S. Roy

A spellbinding work of literature, Latitudes of Longing follows the interconnected lives of characters searching for true intimacy. The novel sweeps across India, from an island, to a valley, a city, and a snow desert, to tell a love story of epic proportions. We follow a scientist who studies trees and a clairvoyant who speaks to them; a geologist working to end futile wars over a glacier; octogenarian lovers; a mother struggling to free her revolutionary son; a yeti who seeks human companionship; a turtle who transforms first into a boat and then a woman; and the ghost of an evaporated ocean as restless as the continents. Binding them all together is a vision of life as vast as the universe itself.

A young writer awarded one of the most prestigious prizes in India for this novel, Shubhangi Swarup is a storyteller of extraordinary talent and insight. Richly imaginative and wryly perceptive, Latitudes of Longing offers a soaring view of humanity: our beauty and ugliness, our capacity to harm and love one another, and our mysterious and sacred relationship with nature.

Longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2020 * Winner of the Tata Literature Live! Award for Debut Fiction * Longlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature * Shortlisted for the JCB Prize for Indian Literature
Publisher: New York : One World, [2020]
Edition: First US edition.
ISBN: 9780593132555
0593132556
Branch Call Number: SWARUP S
Characteristics: 305 pages ; 24 cm

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LPL_ShirleyB May 19, 2020

Enchanting, sentimental & mystical! This is a rewarding read for the patient reader who is looking for thoughtful Earth-bound magical realism. The natural world is a vibrant participant within the story.

This place-based eco-fiction emphasizes Earth’s powerful forces, especially earthquake... Read More »


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LPL_ShirleyB May 19, 2020

Enchanting, sentimental & mystical! This is a rewarding read for the patient reader who is looking for thoughtful Earth-bound magical realism. The natural world is a vibrant participant within the story.

This place-based eco-fiction emphasizes Earth’s powerful forces, especially earthquakes—in remote parts of India and more of south Asia following after India gained independence from the U.K in 1947. Relationships between eccentric and charismatic people and also human connections to nature are prominent in this novel of linked stories.

First published in India in 2018, this book earned the Tata Literature Live! Award for Debut Fiction. As a journalist, author Shubhangi Swarup has also won awards for gender sensitivity in feature writing. She lives in Mumbai, India.

My gratitude to author Shubhangi Swarup and Random House for sharing an advance review copy of the book.

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