The Earthspinner

Anuradha Roy


'A horse was in flames. It roamed beneath the ocean breathing fire . . .'

From the critically acclaimed, Booker Prize-nominated author of Sleeping on Jupiter and All the Lives We Never Lived, comes an incisive and moving novel about the struggle for creative achievement in a world consumed by growing fanaticism and political upheaval.

One night, Elango has a dream that consumes him, driving him to give it shape. The potter is determined to create a giant terracotta horse whose beauty will be reason enough for its existence. Yet he cannot pin down from where it has galloped into his mind, nor can he say where it belongs – in a temple compound, within a hotel lobby, or with Zohra, whom he despairs of ever marrying. 

The astral, indefinable force driving Elango towards forbidden love and creation has unleashed other currents. A neighbourhood girl develops a complicated relationship with him. A lost dog adopts him. Meanwhile, his community is driven by inflammatory passions of a different kind. Here, people, animals, and even the gods live on a knife-edge and the consequences of daring to dream against the tide are cataclysmic.


  • Classification : General & Literary Fiction
  • Pub Date : SEP 18, 2022
  • Imprint : Hachette India
  • Page Extent : 256
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9789393701206
  • Price : INR 499

Anuradha Roy

Anuradha Roy is a writer and potter, author of five novels. Her first, An Atlas of Impossible Longing, was translated into sixteen languages. Sleeping on Jupiter, her third novel, won the DSC Prize for Fiction 2016 and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. All the Lives We Never Lived won the 2022 Sahitya Akademi Award, one of India's highest literary honours, and was shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award.

Roy has been a visiting speaker at Cornell and Cordoba Universities, a Hawthornden Writing Fellow at Casa Ecco, Italy, and writer-in-residence at St-Nazaire, France. Other honours and awards include the Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year, the Economist Crossword Prize, and the Sushila Devi Prize 2022. Her non-fiction has been published in magazines and books in India and abroad. Roy lives in Ranikhet, where she is a graphic designer at Permanent Black, a press she runs with her partner, Rukun Advani, and four dogs.

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