The Empty Space

Geetanjali Shree

The Empty Space

Geetanjali Shree

Distributed for Seagull Books

Translated by Nivedita Menon
272 pages | 5 x 8 | © 2016
Cloth $24.50 ISBN: 9780857423948 Published November 2016 World sales rights except India
When a bomb explodes in a university cafe, nineteen students are killed. The Empty Space begins with the identification of these slain students. Slowly, each individual is claimed and taken away for a proper burial by their mourning family members. The final mother to enter the cafe identifies the nineteenth body as her eighteen-year-old son and brings him home in a casket. She not only brings home her dead son, though, but also the sole survivor of the blast, a three-year-old boy. By a strange quirk of fate, after the explosion he is found lying in a small empty space, alive and breathing. The Empty Space chronicles the memories of the boy dead, the story of the boy brought home, and the cataclysmic crossing of life and death.
Review Quotes
Sunday Guardian
The Empty Space attempts to personalize a terrorist attack and poignantly steers the reader to grapple with the terrible destruction after a bomb blast.”
Complete Review
“Even in translation, the novel reverberates with language and reference, and even if the English reader misses some of that, the general feel of it remains. While it is far from straightforward realist fiction, The Empty Space nevertheless remains solidly and clearly grounded in the familiar (even if it is not always readily identifiable). The Empty Space is a largely successful exercise in formal experimentation, and a quite moving story of the aftermaths of a horrible event.”
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