My beloved life


An exceptionally moving novel that traces the arc of a man’s life from his 1935 birth in a small village in India to his death from Covid.

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‘This profound book is full of lives whose beauty lies in the wholeness of their telling.’ – Salman Rushdie

‘Kumar’s late father’s life breaks like a slowly cresting wave over the sad and joyful ground of this story… Always deeply human; the heart is everywhere in these pages… Kumar’s beautiful, truthful fiction… finds and provides great strength – too late for Kumar’s parents, but in good time for his grateful readers.’ James Wood, The New Yorker

A novel that tells the story of modern India, through the life of one apparently ordinary man, from the death of Gandhi to the rise of Modi.

Jadunath Kunwar’s beginnings are humble, even inauspicious. His mother, while pregnant, nearly dies from a cobra bite. And this is only the first of many challenges in store for Jadu. As his life skates between the mythical and the mundane, Jadu finds meaning in the most unexpected places. He meets the sherpa who first summited Everest. He befriends poets and politicians. He becomes a historian. And he has a daughter, Jugnu, a television journalist with a career in the United States – whose perspective sheds new light on his story.

All the while, currents of huge change sweep across India – from Independence to Partition, Gandhi to Modi, the Mahabharata to Somerset Maugham, cholera to covid – and buffet both Jadu and Jugnu’s lives.

Piercing, fast-paced, and resonant, Amitava Kumar’s My Beloved Life explores how we tell stories and write history, how individuals play a counterpoint to big movements, and how no single life is without consequence.

‘A novel of vaulting ambition and tenderness, about how histories, both personal and national, are built, refracted and revised.’ – Katie Kitamura, author of Intimacies

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Weight 0.456 kg
Dimensions 22.5 × 14.3 × 3.2 cm










Hardback original


823.92 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K


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