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Fence (Paperback) (Ila Arab Mehta)

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It was time for that tiny little dream that lay hidden all these years to gradually acquire a form and shape. The thought of making it come true was an audacious one. She dared not do it. On the other hand she dared a lot — after all, she was Fateema Lokhandwala, a courageous young woman...

As pots and words banged against each other, her two-wheeler would whizz past everything, leaving it all behind. Main road, Mashallah! Current-like, the city would course through her body... At such times, Fateema lived in the present, and in the future.

Thus begins Ila Arab Mehta’s beautiful and skillfully crafted novel about the life of a young Muslim woman in present-day Gujarat. Situated in a time when society is divided along lines of religion, the novel is Fateema’s story of triumph and tragedy as she carves, never fully, a place for herself in life.

Fence is a much acclaimed novel, one of a kind in a literary tradition where the importance of multiple marginalities has been largely absent.

Ila Arab Mehta is an award-winning Gujarati author most noted for her explorations of feminist thinking. In this new translation of her beautiful and skillfully crafted novelFence, we meet Fateema Lokhandwala, a young Muslim woman in present-day Gujarat. Fateema lives in a divided world, where religion and class split society. A member of the Muslim minority, she struggles to carve out a place for herself, seeking her true identity and encountering triumph and tragedy along the way.
Fence is a powerful critique of the damage caused by Indian identity politics. It is also a classic coming-of-age story and a lively, yet tender, exploration by Mehta, a Hindu writer, of the dreams and aspirations of her Muslim sisters.
Number of Pages: 232
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: Ila Arab Mehta
Language: English
Street Date: December 15, 2015
TCIN: 17174049
UPC: 9789383074877
Item Number (DPCI): 247-02-8367

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