Keshava Guha

Changing Places

A State of Freedom

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Neel Mukherjee’s third novel is made up of five narratives and the book’s architecture is revealed gradually: the odd-numbered sections are linked to each other, as are the even-numbered ones. Any connection to the novel sequences of V S Naipaul – A Way in the World and In a Free State – is, as the title indicates, no coincidence, and the connection goes beyond form. 

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