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Nagaland : a love story for modern India

Author: Ben Doherty
Publisher: Melbourne, VIC Wild Dingo Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An extraordinarily powerful and evocative literary work that traverses new ground in the hinterland between biography and mythology. Nagaland is the story of Augustine and of the Naga people. With sensitively poetic prose, Doherty deftly draws the reader into worlds of parallel realities. The love story, desperate and damned, destined for tragedy; forged and upheld against the wishes of family and the dictates of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Romance fiction
Fiction
Australian fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Doherty
ISBN: 9780648066378 0648066371 9780648215943 0648215946 9780987381354 0987381350
OCLC Number: 1020317791
Notes: A novel inspired by a true story--on cover.
Description: 272 pages ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Ben Doherty.

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An extraordinarily powerful and evocative literary work that traverses new ground in the hinterland between biography and mythology. Nagaland is the story of Augustine and of the Naga people. With sensitively poetic prose, Doherty deftly draws the reader into worlds of parallel realities. The love story, desperate and damned, destined for tragedy; forged and upheld against the wishes of family and the dictates of culture, with a backdrop of violence and reprisals amidst the brutality of communal conflict. Alongside this is the telling of Augustine's childhood story, growing up in the beautiful mountain state of Nagaland where the traditional way of life, loyalties and beliefs collide with modern imperatives that, for many, lead inexorably to poverty, dislocation, drug addiction, disease and despair. Seamlessly woven throughout, Naga legends and myths connect these disparate worlds, the source of profound insights that are simultaneously confronting and transcendent. Poignant and profound, the reader is left with a yearning nostalgia for a past where eternal truths prevailed, to be gleaned from ancient fables and sages; where a people lived in communities richly endowed with cultural and spiritual certainties, and were valued members of large family and tribal networks. Except, of course, if you choose not to follow the rules...

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