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By J.G. Farrell

Winner of the Booker Prize.

India, 1857—the 12 months of the good Mutiny, while Muslim infantrymen became in bloody uprising on their British overlords. This time of convulsion is the topic of J. G. Farrell’s The Siege of Krishnapur, broadly one in every of the best British novels of the final fifty years.

Farrell’s tale is decided in an remoted Victorian outpost at the subcontinent. Rumors of strife filter out in from afar, and but the participants of the colonial group stay convinced in their army and, exceptionally, ethical superiority. but if they locate themselves below real siege, the genuine personality in their dominion—at as soon as brutal, blundering, and wistful—is quickly revealed.

The Siege of Krishnapur is a spouse to Troubles, in regards to the Easter 1916 uprising in eire, and The Singapore Grip, which occurs previous to international conflict II, because the sunlight starts to set upon the British Empire. jointly those 3 novels provide an unequaled photo of the follies of empire.

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