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A Burning de Megha Majumdar
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A Burning (2020 original; edició 2020)

de Megha Majumdar

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"After a fiery attack on a train leaves 104 people dead, the fates of three people become inextricably entangled. Jivan, a bright, striving woman from the slums looking for a way out of poverty, is wrongly accused of planning the attack because of a careless comment on Facebook. PT Sir, a slippery gym teacher from Jivan's former high school, has hitched his aspirations to a rising right wing party, and his own ascent becomes increasingly linked to Jivan's fall. Lovely, a spirited, impoverished, relentlessly optimistic hjira, who harbors dreams of becoming a Bollywood star, can provide the alibi that would set Jivan free--but her appearance in court will have unexpected consequences that will change the course of all of their lives. A novel about fate, power, opportunity, and class; about innocence and guilt, betrayal and love, and the corrosive media cycle that manufactures falsehoods masquerading as truths--A Burning is a debut novel of exceptional power and urgency, haunting and beautiful, brutal, vibrant, impossible to forget"--… (més)
Membre:MarkMad
Títol:A Burning
Autors:Megha Majumdar
Informació:Knopf, Kindle Edition, 288 pages
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Valoració:*****
Etiquetes:literature

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Jivan, living in the slums in India, tries to make a better life for her family by dropping out of school and getting a job. She also helps Lovely learn to read. Lovely is a hijra, which is a eunuch or a transgender person in India. When Jivan posts a Facebook message, it blows up in her face. She is arrested as a terrorist for bombing a train which killed 112 people. Lovely is an aspiring actress. PT Sir is Jivan‘s former phys ed teacher. Both Lovely and PT Sir testify at Jivan‘s trial. PT Sir becomes involved with the opposition political party in India and enjoys the prestige and money it gives him. In the story, the travesty is that people become enamored with wealth, and it overrides their sense of morality. It is a tragedy. Very sad. ( )
  rmarcin | Aug 20, 2021 |
Megha Majumdar's debut novel is a compulsive read that explores the political corruptions and personal conflicts revolving around a train bombing in Bengal. A young girl, Javin, was there when it happened and retweets some disgruntled comments on Facebook by adding , "If the police didn’t help ordinary people like you and me, if the police watched them die, doesn’t that mean, I wrote on Facebook, that the government is also a terrorist?" She soon finds herself in a police van, being accused of working for the terrorist. She is assigned an overworked public defender and gives an interview to less than earnest journalist. Her story is then intertwined with two people who could help her, a former teacher and a Hijra who she was tutoring. The narrative jumps between these three characters, and all of the stories are compelling and well written. Lovely tells her version of the story in broken English. She is an aspiring actress and starts to gain some recognition by her heartfelt testimony. PT Sir is Jivan's former PE teacher and though he though highly of her as a student, he begins to see that his political aspirations might be better served by not coming to her aid. Much of the history of the current politics in India is recognizably recent headlines which make this story even more harrowing.
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If the police didn’t help ordinary people like you and me, if the police watched them die, doesn’t that mean, I wrote on Facebook, that the government is also a terrorist?

“When I am thinking about it, I am truly feeling that Jivan and I are both no more than insects. We are no more than grasshoppers whose wings are being plucked. We are no more than lizards whose tails are being pulled. Is anybody believing that she was innocent? Is anybody believing that I can be having some talent?”

“Here it is, a special cell for the soon to be dead. A room under the ground for the ones who will be soil.

“Mother, do you grieve?
Know that I will return to you. I will be a flutter in the leaves above where you sit, cooking ruti on the stove. I will be the stray cloud which shields you from the days of sun. I will be the thunder that wakes you before rain floods the room.
When you walk to the market, I will return to you as footprint on the soil. At night, when you close your eyes, I will appear as impress on the bed.” ( )
  novelcommentary | Aug 1, 2021 |
The best novels allow you to experience a life different from your own, they transport you to another existence and by doing so inform and educate you. "A Burning' is just such a book and it managed to put me in places I will likely never be. I will admit that I was a bit reluctant to read this book because I, and I'm a bit reluctant to admit this, have no interest in traveling to India. It seems crowded, hectic, polluted, and just not a place I would enjoy. So this novel had a high bar to clear with me. It is written so clearly, directly, and honestly that I didn't even experience it as fiction, it just felt real. The immersive nature of that kind of prose is so powerful. The story itself deals with inequities in society, admittedly a society that is not the United States but the inequities are the type that are universal in nature. Class, caste, and religious bigotry are constants in our world. The demonizing of "the other" is another universal although SARCASM ON it certainly couldn't happen in an exception country like the US and I know our leader would never stoop to that level of name calling and bigotry SARCASM OFF. Ms. Majumdar writes uses three point of view characters and each story is developed completely and in ways that I did not guess when I started but were absolutely true. I found myself emotionally involved in all of them and characters are allowed nuance (which is dead in our modern world but which I will never give up) and depth. It is a fast read and a book that I feel has given me insight I did not have. Empathy is an important emotion and I wish it was as important to people as hate and vengeance. ( )
1 vota MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
diverse fiction (set in modern India with Muslim and trans characters by Indian-American author) - would make a good selection for bookgroups, and teens who want more serious literature.

A compelling and beautifully written debut novel with three distinct voices--a Muslim woman accused of a terrorist act because of a careless reply she posted on Facebook, a young hijra (trans) woman who yearns to be an actress, and a gym teacher who chances to fall within the graces of a rising political party. Each struggles to escape various states of poverty in a devastatingly cruel world that demands sacrifice. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
The writing in this novel is deceptively simple. The story unfolds slowly and steadily into a hauntingly painful view into a mirror held up to the destructiveness of superficiality and greed in India. The lessons should be learned in all modern countries. The age of social media and social judgements based on tiny outtakes from reality bring about injustice and absurdity, as well as horror, in the lives of the characters. One comment by a lovely young woman leads to a cascade of political mishigas. Human frailty, aided by technological "advances", along with excellent writing, make this a memorable read. ( )
  hemlokgang | May 3, 2021 |
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Megha Majumdar’s debut novel, A Burning, begins with a terrorist attack at a train station in Kolkata that claims over one hundred lives. Jivan, a Muslim teenager who lives in the nearby slums, happens to witness the attack, but when she makes a post on Facebook that is critical of the government response, she finds herself under arrest as a suspect. Majumdar deftly weaves several narrative threads together in a novel that is fast-paced enough to feel like a literary thriller, yet also turns a wise eye toward the complexities of life in contemporary India..... In her debut, she reveals herself to be keenly attuned to the injustices of life in contemporary Kolkata, especially when it comes to issues of class and gender...., A Burning is not just a novel about India, but also a mirror through which American readers might contemplate the failings of our own increasingly degraded political system...The novel ends on a dark note, a stark reminder that those who rise to power often do so at the expense of the poor and the powerless. In this way, A Burning is very much a novel for our times.
 
Megha Majumdar’s blistering debut novel, “A Burning,” unleashes her plight like a series of small explosions. As a Muslim woman living in poverty, Jivan must reckon with classism and Islamophobia, social media’s mob mentality, traditional media’s unquenchable thirst for clickbait and profit over “A Burning” is a penetrating exposé about how the possibilities of fame and fortune gradually erode one’s integrity. The book’s title may represent, on a literal level, the violent act in its opening pages, but it also evokes a dynamic metaphor for greed and the dark side of ambition. That Majumdar has chosen to illustrate this with Lovely and PT Sir, two seemingly well-meaning characters who hail from humble circumstances not too far from Jivan’s own, makes the book’s execution all the more unsparing.....What’s more, “A Burning” keenly illuminates the unfortunate reality that justice has limited reserves and a rigid expiration date. In a predicament that echoes Darwinism, someone must take the fall so that others may survive and thrive, regardless of innocence or guilt
 
In “A Burning,” the debut novel from novelist Megha Majumdar, lives intertwine in the wake of a terrorist attack at an Indian train station...
Told through the viewpoint of three interconnected characters, tells a thrilling story that addresses class struggles, gender inequality, religious tensions and more in society....While this is a story set in India, Majumdar has been thinking about the book’s parallels to life here in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the questions that “A Burning” poses.

“How do we achieve a life that’s meaningful for us when we are caught in a society that does not serve us, when we’re caught in institutions and systems that don’t work for us?” Majumdar asks.
 
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"After a fiery attack on a train leaves 104 people dead, the fates of three people become inextricably entangled. Jivan, a bright, striving woman from the slums looking for a way out of poverty, is wrongly accused of planning the attack because of a careless comment on Facebook. PT Sir, a slippery gym teacher from Jivan's former high school, has hitched his aspirations to a rising right wing party, and his own ascent becomes increasingly linked to Jivan's fall. Lovely, a spirited, impoverished, relentlessly optimistic hjira, who harbors dreams of becoming a Bollywood star, can provide the alibi that would set Jivan free--but her appearance in court will have unexpected consequences that will change the course of all of their lives. A novel about fate, power, opportunity, and class; about innocence and guilt, betrayal and love, and the corrosive media cycle that manufactures falsehoods masquerading as truths--A Burning is a debut novel of exceptional power and urgency, haunting and beautiful, brutal, vibrant, impossible to forget"--

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