The Assassinations - A Novel of 1984

The Assassinations - A Novel of 1984 (English, Paperback, Vikram Kapur)


The Assassinations - A Novel of 1984  (English, Paperback, Vikram Kapur)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Speaking Tiger Publishing Pvt Ltd
    • Genre: Literature & Fiction
    • ISBN: 9789386702333, 9386702339
    • Edition: 2017
    • Pages: 224
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    To Deepa, Prem gave no hint of the churning inside him. In front of her he affected a cheery demeanour, indulging her in her plans for their honeymoon, which she kept revising. It was a welcome escape from the mayhem surrounding him. There were occasions where the pretence got to him and a voice rose inside, urging him to tell her everything. He silenced it. Deepa was a Hindu and would never understand.
    Until then, he had never thought of her as different.

    Prem Kohli, the handsome, ambitious son of a Sikh refugee, has the world at his feet. A glittering career lies ahead, and he has just got engaged to his college girlfriend, Deepa, overcoming her parents' reservations about Hindus and Sikhs intermarrying. But, while Deepa remains occupied with their marriage plans, the Indian Army enters the Golden Temple. Prem cannot contain his rising anger at the desecration of the shrine and at the people around him who shrug it off as 'teaching a lesson' to the Sikhs. He begins growing out his hair and beard, and visiting the gurudwara regularly, where he learns about the militancy in Punjab. Matters come to a head a few months later, when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated and anti-Sikh riots break out all over Delhi, as Prem is caught up in a vortex of violence and hate that threatens to engulf all of their lives.
    In The Assassinations, Vikram Kapur writes with sensitivity about a topic that still holds painful memories, skilfully telling the story of how ordinary lives are distorted by the forces of history. At the same time, he masterfully evokes the New Delhi of the 1980s, with its wide, leafy roads masking the precariousness of its Punjabi middle class. This memorable book captures the turbulence of those times, while chronicling the ways in which continuing to live means coming to terms with many kinds of deaths.

    About the Author

    Vikram Kapur is the author of two other novels, Time Is a Fire and The Wages of Life, as well as the editor of an anthology of short fiction and nonfiction on the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 called 1984 in Memory and Imagination. His work has been published widely in India and abroad. His short stories have been shortlisted for major international prizes including the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, as well as being broadcast over the radio. He has received a number of international writing fellowships. He is currently an associate professor of English at Shiv Nadar University. His website is

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    Book Details
    Publication Year
    • 2017 November
    Authored By
    • Vikram Kapur
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    A touching Love Story

    Some events have left scars on our history and changed the way the world looks at us. After the partition of the country, riots have not been new to us. One such year which everyone likes to forget but cannot do so is because of the scars of the then Sikh riots.
    Vikram Kapur's novel, "The Assassinations" is a love story set in the backdrop of the 1984 Sikh riots of Delhi.

    This is a love story and is very different and intense from other conventional stories. The prot...

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    23 Jan, 2018

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    A heartening story. Wonderfully written.

    Much has been talked about the 1984 Sikh riots of India. The cover of the book gives an impression that the story of “The Assassinations” by author Dr.Vikram Kapur is about the riots and the blood shed of the 1984 riots. But, the novel is a love story set in the backdrop of the riots.
    The story has a good number of characters. Prem Kohli is the protagonist of the story. Rakesh, Deepa and others are also prominent in the story. Prem loved Deepa and wanted to marry her.
    The author has given a...

    Kunal Gupta

    Certified Buyer, Delhi

    23 Jan, 2018

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    The title is thought-provoking.

    The characterization in the novel has been incredible. I liked the open-endedness which kept a room for the readers to imagine beyond the penned down words.

    Shreyosee Dasgupta

    Certified Buyer, Patna

    4 Dec, 2017

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