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When I Hit You, Or, A Portrait of the Writer As a Young Wife

When I Hit You, Or, A Portrait of the Writer As a Young Wife

Author: Meena Kandasamy
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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.


Longlisted for the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction


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

Author description

Meena Kandasamy (born 1984) is a poet, fiction writer, translator and activist who is based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. She has published two collections of poetry, Touch (2006) and Ms. Militancy (2010), and the critically acclaimed novel, Gypsy Goddess.

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General Fields

  • : 9781786491268
  • : Atlantic Books
  • : Atlantic Books
  • : April 2017
  • : United Kingdom
  • : May 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Meena Kandasamy
  • : Hardback
  • : Main
  • : en
  • : 823.92
  • : 256