Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award
Winner of the Encore Award
Shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature
Longlisted for the IMPAC Prize
Calcutta, 1967. Unnoticed by his family, Supratik has become dangerously involved in extremist political activism. Compelled by an idealistic desire to change his life and the world around him, all he leaves behind before disappearing is a note.
At home, his family slowly begins to unravel. Poisonous rivalries grow, the once-thriving family business implodes and destructive secrets are unearthed. And all around them the sands are shifting as society fractures, for this is a moment of turbulence, of inevitable and unstoppable change.
‘Deeply moving’ Amitav Ghosh
‘Terrifies and delights’ A S Byatt, Guardian
‘Unforgettable’ Daily Telegraph
Masterful … His fierce intelligence and sophisticated storytelling combine to produce an unforgettable portrait of one family riven by the forces of history and their own desires.
Rich and engrossing … Consistently vivid and well realised, it confidently covers a great deal of varied social terrain. … Unfailingly interesting
Very ambitious and very successful. … One of Mukherjee's great gifts is precisely his capacity to imagine the lives of others. … Neel Mukherjee terrifies and delights us simultaneously
Deeply affecting and ambitious ... In startling imagery that sears itself into the mind, The Lives of Others excellently exposes the gulf between rich and poor, young and old, tradition and modernity, us and them, showing how acts of empathy are urgently needed to bridge the divides.
Neel Mukherjee has written an outstanding novel: compelling, compassionate and complex, vivid, musical and fierce.