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The Gurkha's Daughter

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781780872957

Price: £9.99

ON SALE: 20th December 2012

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A pioneering collection describing and dramatizing the Nepalese diaspora – the displacement and exile of the Nepali-speaking world


A disfigured servant girl plans to flee Nepal; a Kalimpong shopkeeper faces an impossible dilemma; a Hindu religious festival in Darjeeling brings with it a sacrifice; a Nepali-Bhutanese refugee pins her hopes on the West; a Gurkha’s daughter tries to comprehend her father’s complaints; two young Nepali-speaking immigrants meet in Manhattan.

These are just some of the stories of the people whose culture and language is Nepalese but who are dispersed to India, Bhutan and beyond.

From every perspective and on every page, Prajwal Parajuly blends rich colour and vernacular to paint an eye-opening picture of a unique world and its people.


'Accomplished debut ... Parajuly's wry humour and deft handling of voice point to a distinctive talent' Financial Times.
Financial Times
'It would be a marvellous novel indeed that could match the energetic play of perspectives displayed here' The Guardian.
'Finely crafted, vibrant stories ... Stylistically reminiscent of Raymond Carver, while at the same time opening a door on to an unfamiliar world' The Lady.
'Parajuly has a nice ear for dialogue, is as adept with the notion of home as he is the immigrant experience and has a light touch with some of the horrors of the culture' The Metro.