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Literary Partners Program: Kweli International Literary Festival
Megha Majumdar on A Burning with Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Jul 23, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jivan is a Muslim girl from the slums, determined to move up in life, who is accused of executing a terrorist attack on a train because of a careless comment on Facebook. PT Sir is an opportunistic gym teacher who hitches his aspirations to a right-wing political party, and finds that his own ascent becomes linked to Jivan’s fall. Lovely—an irresistible outcast whose exuberant voice and dreams of glory fill the novel with warmth and hope and humor—has the alibi that can set Jivan free, but it will cost her everything she holds dear.
Taut, symphonic, propulsive, and riveting from its opening lines, A Burning has the force of an epic while being so masterfully compressed it can be read in a single sitting. Majumdar writes with dazzling assurance at a breakneck pace on complex themes that read here as the components of a thriller: class, fate, corruption, justice, and what it feels like to face profound obstacles and yet nurture big dreams in a country spinning toward extremism. An extraordinary debut.
New York Times bestselling author Megha Majumdar will read from her debut novel, then be joined in dialogue by Dr. Nafissa Thompson-Spires.
This event is made possible through the Poets House Literary Partners program.