- Published : December 2021
- AUTHOR : Mamang Dai
- Publisher : Speaking Tiger
- MRP : 599.00
- Pages : 312
- Binding Typ0e : Paperback
- Category : Fiction
- ISBN : 9789354470677
- Language : English
ABOUT THE BOOK
Combining history, myth and contemporary politics, Escaping the Land is a
saga of a beautiful but sometimes turbulent land and its people. Acclaimed
poet-novelist Mamang Dai takes us on an unforgettable journey from the land
of Kojum-Koja, a sacred place beyond time, to the formation of the modern
state of Arunachal Pradesh.
Maying, a woman who has lived away from the state, returns in order to write
a history of the people she has known and who have shaped her land. As she
speaks to them and leafs through old records, a myriad stories and destinies
unfold—an ancient flood and a lake full of stars; conflict and curiosity that led
to the establishment of NEFA (North-east Frontier Agency); hardy men and
women like Lipun, who walked the highest mountain passes and thick forests
establishing connections with remote tribes; the ‘rainman’, who can read the
elements because he is so closely tied to them; Umsi, who has to go far away
in order to know herself; and Lutor, the shaman’s child, who can feel the
pulse of his people, even when he is disillusioned with public life.
But there are also land and forest mafia, corrupt politicians in cahoots with
violent militants, and friends who can turn foes to satisfy their ambitions.
Maying recoils from the murky theatre of the modern state, but realizes, too,
that ‘our hearts are taken, given, mistaken, lost’ but ‘what is never lost is the
original obsession that was a dream of love’.
Lyrical, vital and epic in scale, Escaping the Land is the story of a people and a
place that is, like the best novels, the story of all humanity.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mamang Dai is a poet and novelist born in Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh.
A former journalist and a Padma Shri awardee, Dai is the author of two
collections of poems and works of fiction and non-fiction including the novel
The Black Hill that received the Sahitya Akademi Award 2017, in English.
Dai lives in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh.