Meena Kandasamy – Belfast International Arts Festival


October 28, 2019


Exquisite Cadavers 

Meena Kandasamy combines her love for the written word with the struggle for social justice through poetry, translation, fiction and essays. Her second novel, When I Hit You: Or, The Portrait of the Writer As A Young Wife (Atlantic, 2017), a complex tale of abuse exploring intellectual and physical cruelty, was a work of autofiction lifting the veil on the silence surrounding domestic violence and marital rape in India. Her latest novel, Exquisite Cadavers, is an extraordinary formally-inventive, beautiful at sentence-level novella written in response to the reaction to the reception of When I Hit You, with Meena deciding to write a novel “based on a story as removed from my own as possible…”

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