The book also includes graphic and candid depictions of adolescent psycho-sexual experiences. Description of romantic imaginings with the opposite sex, obsession with the posters of a Bollywood star—Rani Mukerji—and the passion and amatory emotions that these posters aroused in him are vivid and identifiable.
Divided into 11 chapters, the writer flits between subjects and associations with a practiced, if clumsy, tread. There is much thought spent on gardens and their benefits; changing landscapes; histories and nocturnal activities; libraries and truths.
Narayan Wagle might have taken the Nepali literary scene by storm with 2005’s Madan Puraskar-winning Palpasa Café, but before that, he had already made a name for himself as the writer of the widely-followed Coffee Guff columns, published weekly in Kantipur’s Koselee supplement.
Forgive us, we sound scattered,” says a spirit in Akwaeke Emezi’s debut novel, Freshwater. It is as if the book is asking forgiveness for its random and disjointed but wild flashes of brilliance that simply refuse to stitch themselves together into a seamless pattern.