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To get a taste of what's in ALR35, start with our selection of free-to-view articles on the ALR34 Contents page. A good place to begin is From the EditorsThen explore our interview with Anuradha Roy, who has just been announced winner of the 2018 TATA Book of the Year Award for FictionThere's lots of fiction, and we feature stories set in India, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, the US and North Korea. Read Zach Macdonald's A Happy Ending and sample some of the issue's poetry with Kunwar Narain and Katherine Wu - and there's more in Preview.

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As we go to press, Anuradha Roy’s All the Lives We Never Lived has just been announced winner of the 2018 TATA Book of the Year Award for fiction. One of India’s most successful and prominent writers, she is no stranger to literary acclaim. An Atlas of Impossible Longingand The Folded Earth won prizes and praise internationally, and in 2015 she was longlisted for the Booker with Sleeping on Jupiter,which went on to win the 2016 DSC South Asian Prize.

Fiction | Kamana Srikanth

I was born at a strange hour. It was a Friday night. All was quiet in the village of Mihalpur and, I believe, within the small one-room hut, too. The threadbare curtains must have been closed. I am told that my mother never held me, and I suspect that she never looked into my face. A girl child. I can see her now, dark like me, her long hair matted with the sweat of labour, curled up in a corner on a hard, bare cot as tears leak down the sides of her face, limp with exhaustion and misery. That particular sequence of events is not such a mystery to me. I saw it happen many times, with other women. I was the silent witness...

Poetry | Kunwar Narain
 
When the colour of imagination fills it 
the picture changes 
into the rough and rugged travels 
of a nameless traveller 
 
Perhaps I was wandering, 
connecting countries, 
on some silk road 
Fiction | Zach MacDonald

This story has a happy ending, but first Ye-lim must crawl on her belly through a swamp of icy mud. The mud is viscous and sucking, calling her to join the grave of those who came to this place before her. There are bones: a femur here, shards of what may be skull there. Human or animal, she can’t tell about the skull shards. She finds a tooth, its enamel yellowed like an old corn kernel, embedded in the muck that squelches between her raw fingers. It reminds her of the teeth on the man – a soldier – who shattered her father’s body...

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To get a taste of what's in ALR35, start with our selection of free-to-view articles on the ALR34 Contents page. A good place to begin is From the Editors.

Then explore our interview with Anuradha Roy, who has just been announced winner of the 2018 TATA Book of the Year Award for Fiction

There's lots of fiction, and we feature stories set in India, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, the US and North Korea. Read Zach Macdonald's A Happy Ending - a harrowing counterpoint to cheerful media reports about the Korean peninsula. Finally, sample some of the issue's poetry with Kunwar Narain and Katherine Wu - and there's more in Preview.

 

 

I was born at a strange hour. It was a Friday night. All was quiet in the village of Mihalpur and, I believe, within the small one-room hut, too. The threadbare curtains must have been closed. I am told that my mother never held me, and I suspect that she never looked into my face. A girl child. I can see her now, dark like me, her long hair matted with the sweat of labour, curled up in a corner on a hard, bare cot as tears leak down the sides of her face, limp with exhaustion and misery. That particular sequence of events is not such a mystery to me. I saw it happen many times, with other women. I was the silent witness...

 

 

As we go to press, Anuradha Roy’s All the Lives We Never Lived has just been announced winner of the 2018 TATA Book of the Year Award for fiction. One of India’s most successful and prominent writers, she is no stranger to literary acclaim. An Atlas of Impossible Longingand The Folded Earth won prizes and praise internationally, and in 2015 she was longlisted for the Booker with Sleeping on Jupiter,which went on to win the 2016 DSC South Asian Prize.

Recently, the Asia Literary Review’s Anurima Roy (no relation) caught up with Anuradha Roy to talk about her experiences as a publisher and writer, her sources of inspiration, her previous books, and about how she came to write All the Lives We Never Lived.

 

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