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Meena Kandasamy

Meena Kandasamy (born 1984) is a poet, fiction writer, translator and activist who is based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. She has published two collections of poetry, Touch (2006) and Ms. Militancy (2010). She holds a PhD in socio-linguistics from Anna University Chennai, has represented India at the University of Iowa's International Writing Program and was made the Charles Wallace India Trust Fellow at the University of Kent, Canterbury. The Gypsy Goddess is her first novel.
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REVIEWS

Dazzling, maddening, often hilarious... Kandasamy's in-your-face narrative is unashamedly tricksy but handled with sublime confidence
The Times

Powerful... The Gypsy Goddess has a lyrical, radical core, which offers bold perspectives on the relationship between poverty and power
Guardian

It would take Carol Ann Duffy, Caroline Criado-Perez, Kandasamy's hero Arundhati Roy and, if her first work of fiction The Gypsy Goddess is anything to go by, Salman Rushdie to match Kandasamy's infinite variety... The Gypsy Goddess is a novel of self-conscious experimentalism and unmistakable fury, it throws down a gauntlet to conservative literary and political sensibilities
Independent

Probably one of the most important and shocking and poetic books of 2017
Readwomen

Courageous and brave and disturbing and will stay with you for a long time
Stylist

Fierce and unforgettable
Culturefly

Searing... I read it in a single sittingFatima Bhutto

Brilliant... Astonishing... By far the best read of the year
Women Writers

This book is so so good. One of the best of the yearNikesh Shukla

Such raw, lyrical reading
RTE Arena

A brilliant but brutal punch to the gutsMonisha Rajesh

Urgent... It's beating heart is a universally recognised quest for freedom and meaning in a world where women are still shockingly undervalued
Financial Times

Heartbreaking... It isn't an easy read, but it is an important one
The F-Word

A punch to the gut
The Wire

The best thing I've read in 2017. Simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting, it's a work of considerable power
The Page is Printed

Read it as an extended prose poem, a feminist anthem, an experiment with life. But do read it.
The Daily O