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New fiction and nonfiction books about Partition

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SCARS OF 1947: REAL PARTITION STORIES by Rajeev Shukla

PENGUIN VIKING `499; 192 pages

Without ever discountin­g the horrors of Partition, Shukla often prefers to focus more on the stories of human grit and perseveran­ce he’s heard from the likes of Manmohan Singh and Avtar Narain Gujral.

LADIES’ TAILOR by Priya Hajela HARPERCOLL­INS INDIA `399; 304 pages

In Hajela’s novel, Gurdev loses his family and his home in the fires of Partition. Travelling to India as a refugee, picking up the pieces with a tailoring business, what price will he pay to survive?

THE MAP AND THE SCISSORS by Amit Majmudar

HARPERCOLL­INS INDIA `499; 332 pages

Gandhi and Jinnah were unstoppabl­e forces and immovable objects in their own right. This novel imagines how their incompatib­le personalit­ies must have clashed to rupture India.

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