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“Like a fam­ily around a din­ner ta­ble, the tales in [Half Gods] sup­port, con­tra­dict and ar­gue with one an­other. They pro­vide a rich dis­or­der”

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HarperCollins In­dia is de­lighted to an­nounce the pub­li­ca­tion of Half Gods by Ak­ilKu­marasamy, in In­dia in Oc­to­ber this year.

A New York Times Book Re­view Ed­i­tors’ Choice, Half Gods is a crit­i­cally ac­claimed de­but, a col­lec­tion of in­ter­con­nected short sto­ries fol­low­ing the lives of a multi­gen­er­a­tional Sri Lankan Tamil fam­ily, by the US-based au­thor of In­dian-Tamil ori­gin.

In an­tic­i­pa­tion of the book’s re­lease in In­dia, Udayan Mi­tra, Pub­lisher–Lit­er­ary at HarperCollins In­dia, said, “Akil Ku­marasamy’s is a ter­rific new lit­er­ary voice and Half Gods has al­ready been widely ac­claimed and ad­mired in­ter­na­tion­ally.

We at HarperCollins In­dia are very ex­cited to be pub­lish­ing this ex­cep­tional book of short sto­ries, and hope that read­ers in In­dia and the sub­con­ti­nent will be as thrilled as we are to ac­quaint them­selves with Akil's ex­cep­tional world of ideas and words.”

Speak­ing about the themes that the book sets out to ex­plore, the au­thor, Akil Ku­marasamy, said, “I wanted to ex­plore the messi­ness of iden­tity, whether that is na­tion­al­ity, re­li­gion or sex­u­al­ity, by un­rav­el­ing the no­tions of the self. When bor­ders are fic­ti­tious, bloody lines drawn by colonists, what does it mean to call one­self In­dian or Sri Lankan? The struc­ture of the book falls be­tween a story col­lec­tion and a novel; it is, like us, un­con­tain­able.”

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