'It was customary, it seems, for an author to begin with excuses, explanations and snivels about their work. Which is quite peculiar since the author is usually the last person to know what their book is about...'
Right from the wickedly funny table of contents, which belongs not to this collection but an imagined one, this remarkable genre-defying volume is guaranteed to delight the reader in the mood for something original and different.
In the title story, 'The Inconceivable Idea of the Sun', a couple finds that reorganizing their home library has an unexpected consequence on their shared reality; 'The Robots of Eden' is set in a world where stories are no longer essential to be human, because civilized people have developed better technology to mediate their emotions; in 'Into the Night', an old Brahmin leans into the comforts of an ancient language when the future renders him obsolete; and 'How Not to Tell the Ramayana' is a Borgesian journey into a Ramayana retelling unlike any other.
This stellar collection of short fiction, as poignant as it is playful, blurs the distinction between what lies inside a story and what lies outside it. It demonstrates yet again why Anil Menon is one of the most formidable names in contemporary Indian writing.
Classification : Sff (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
Pub Date : JUN 29, 2022
Imprint : Hachette India
Page Extent : 280
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9789391028602
Price : INR 599
Anil Menon's most recent work, Half of What I Say, was shortlisted for the 2016 Hindu Literary Award. He is the co-editor of Breaking the Bow, an international anthology of short fiction inspired by the Ramayana. His short fiction has been translated into many languages, including Chinese, Hebrew, Igbo and Romanian. He co-founded the Dum Pukht Writers' Workshop series and currently serves as the editor-in-chief of The Bombay Literary Magazine.