The Gypsy Goddess

Meena Kandasamy

RRP: £8.99

2 April 2015

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782391807

RRP: £12.99

3 April 2014

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782391784

RRP: £5.99

3 April 2014

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782391791


Laugh-out-loud funny, brilliantly original and angry, The Gypsy Goddess is as much a novel about a true-life massacre as it is a novel about the impossibility of writing a novel about a true-life massacre. It sits on the line between powerful fiction and fearsome critique.

Tamil Nadu, 1968. Village landlords rule over a feudal system that forces peasants to break their backs in the fields or suffer beatings as punishment. In the misery of their daily lives it is little wonder that the Communist Party begins to gain traction, a small spark of defiance spreading from villager to villager. As communities across the region begin to take a stand against the landlords, the landlords vow to break them; Party organizers suffer grisly deaths and the flow of food into the market-places dries up. But it only serves to make the villagers’ resistance burn more fiercely. Finally, the landlords descend on one village to set an example to the others…


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

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