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The human capacity for brutality and the drive for survival are stunningly etched in Partitions, Majmudar's unforgettable new novel about war and political unrest.
The book follows the hellish journeys of characters whose lives are torn apart by the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan. These characters include Keshav and Shankar, Hindu twin boys separated from their mother as they try to flee their home by train; Simran, a Sikh girl whose family plans to poison their wives and daughters to save them from being captured and raped; and Ibrahim Masud, an acclaimed Muslim doctor, now hated by those he used to treat. The paths of these four will eventually intersect. The sad voice observing their distress and narrating their desperate struggle toward the future belongs to the twins' father, who, having died before the events of the book, is reduced to being an observer.
An award-winning poet, Majmudar is also a diagnostic nuclear radiologist. He writes in a simple, elegiac style that gives power to stark instances of violence and cruelty but also brief glimpses of humanity and civility. Reminiscent of recent works by gifted doctor-authors such as Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner and Abraham Verghese's Cutting for Stone, Partitions will overwhelm you with the beauty of its language and the profound importance of its message.