We're having a wonderfully busy week here at DGA as we wish Meena Kandasamy a very happy publication day too, as her second novel When I Hit You is released into the world today by Atlantic Books.
It would take Carol Ann Duffy, Caroline Criado-Perez, Arundhati Roy and Salman Rushdie to match Kandasamy's infinite variety - Independent
Revelations come to Kandasamy frequently and prophecies linger at her lips. Older by nearly half a century, I acknowledge the superiority of her poetic vision - Kamala Das
Seduced by politics, poetry and an enduring dream of building a better world together, the unnamed narrator falls in love with a university professor. Moving with him to a rain-washed coastal town, she swiftly learns that what for her is a bond of love is for him a contract of ownership. As he sets about reducing her to his idealised version of an obedient wife, bullying her and devouring her ambition of being a writer in the process, she attempts to push back – a resistance he resolves to break with violence and rape.
At once the chronicle of an abusive marriage and a celebration of the invincible power of art, When I Hit You is a smart, fierce and courageous take on traditional wedlock in modern India.