Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War

 
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The debut of a brilliant young writer, Farthest Field tells the lost history of India’s Second World War narrated through the joys and tragedies of a single family, the author’s own.

Bobby, a young man from the sleepy south Indian coast, sensing adventure and opportunity, follows his brothers-in-law into the Army – and onto the front lines of India’s Second World War. Manek, his dashing friend is a pilot and Ganny, married to Nugs, is a doctor battling both his asthma and his medical duties high in the mountains of the North West frontier. Bobby’s Parsi family is torn apart by two marriages outside the caste, only to be soldered afterwards by tragedy. The narrative travels from Madras to Eritrea, Iraq and Burma, unfolding the saga of a young family amazed by their swiftly changing world and devastated by its violence.

‘Farthest Field’ reveals how the war transformed India, its army, and the British Empire that had ruled the country for so long and would, barely two years after the end of the war, abandon it to the horrors of Partition. It is a book about loss, the unreliable wisps of memory and of three young lives tragically cut short.

In penetrating prose, Raghu Karnad retrieves from obscurity the story of India’s Second World War – a war the world reveres and commemorates but India would choose to forget.

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A brilliantly conceived non-fiction epic, a war narrated through the lives and deaths of a single family.

A young man from the sleepy south Indian coast, sensing adventure and opportunity, follows his brothers-in-law into the Army – and onto the front lines of India’s Second World War. His army fights for the British Empire, even as his countrymen fight for freedom from it, and Indian soldiers end up on both sides of the vast conflict. The narrative travels from Madras to Eritrea, Iraq and Burma, unfolding the saga of a young family amazed by their swiftly changing world and devastated by its violence.

‘Farthest Field’ reveals how the war transformed India, its army, and the British Empire that had ruled the country for so long, and would, barely two years after the end of the war, abandon it to the horrors of Partition. In penetrating non-fiction prose, Raghu Karnad retrieves from obscurity the epic of India’s Second World War – a war the world reveres, but India would choose to forget. With echoes of Edmund de Waal’s Hare with the Amber Eyes and the work of Michael Ondaatje, the book is both intimate and wise. It has the emotional power of poetry and the punch of the best history. It marks the debut of a remarkable new writer.

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Praise for Raghu Karnad:

‘Nothing short of brilliant … [he] engages with matters of real seriousness – the selective nature of military memory and the arbitrary obsessions of the contemporary literary canon … with delicately thoughtful elegance … Completely compelling non-fiction narrative … a poignant pilgrimage’ Simon Schama

‘This book tells us that we all have two deaths: when we die and when we are forgotten. But there is a possibility of three births, the third being recreated in an extraordinary book. One of those rare and extraordinary books which bring people alive again. It has been written with imagination and is engrossing to read’ Michael Holroyd

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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers. Paperback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War, Raghu Karnad, Described as 'a masterpiece' by critics, this remarkable book tells the story of war through the lives and deaths of a single family. Absolutely unforgettable new writing. If you loved The English Patient or Rohinton Mistry's Fine Balance or Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers, you will love this book. Three young men gazed at him from silver-framed photographs in his grandmother's house, 'beheld but not noticed, as angels are in a frieze full of mortal strugglers'. They had all been in the Second World War, a fact that surprised him. Indians had never figured in his idea of the war, nor the war in his idea of India - and he thought that he had a good idea of both. One of them, Bobby, even looked a bit like him, but Raghu Karnad had not noticed until he was the same age as they were in their photo-frames. Then he learned about the Parsi boy from the sleepy south Indian coast, so eager to follow his brothers-in-law into the colonial forces and onto the front line. Manek, dashing and confident, was a pilot with India's fledgling air force; gentle Ganny became an army doctor in the arid North-West Frontier. Bobby's pursuit would carry him as far as the deserts of Iraq and the green hell of the Burma battlefront. The years 1939-45 might be the most revered, deplored and replayed in modern history. Yet India's extraordinary role has been concealed, from itself and from the world. In riveting prose, Karnad retrieves the story of a single family - a story of love, rebellion, loyalty and uncertainty - and with it, the greatest revelation that is India's Second World War. Farthest Field narrates the lost epic of India's war, in which the largest volunteer army in history fought for the British Empire, even as its countrymen fought to be free of it. It carries us from Madras to Peshawar, Egypt to Burma - unfolding the saga of a young family amazed by their swiftly changing world and swept up in its violence. Bookseller Inventory # B9780008133238

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