First published by Les Fugitives and CB editions in September 2016 ISBN 9780993009341 / 120x180 / flapped paperback / 160 p / RRP: GBP10.99 Order here. With brutal honesty and poetic urgency, Ananda Devi relates the tale of four young Mauritians trapped in their country's endless cycle of fear and violence: Eve, whose body is her only weapon and source of power; Savita, Eve's best friend, the only one who loves Eve without self-interest, who has plans to leave but will not go alone; Saadiq, gifted would-be poet, inspired by Rimbaud, in love with Eve; Clelio, belligerent rebel, waiting without hope for his brother to send for him from France. Eve Out of Her Ruins is a heartbreaking look at the dark corners of the island nation of Mauritius that tourists never see, a poignant exploration of the construction of personhood at the margins of society, and a harrowing account of the violent reality of life in Devi's native country by the figurehead of Mauritian literature.

First published by Les Fugitives and CB editions in September 2016
ISBN 9780993009341 / 120x180 / flapped paperback / 160 p / RRP: GBP10.99
Order here.
With brutal honesty and poetic urgency, Ananda Devi relates the tale of four young Mauritians trapped in their country's endless cycle of fear and violence: Eve, whose body is her only weapon and source of power; Savita, Eve's best friend, the only one who loves Eve without self-interest, who has plans to leave but will not go alone; Saadiq, gifted would-be poet, inspired by Rimbaud, in love with Eve; Clelio, belligerent rebel, waiting without hope for his brother to send for him from France.
Eve Out of Her Ruins is a heartbreaking look at the dark corners of the island nation of Mauritius that tourists never see, a poignant exploration of the construction of personhood at the margins of society, and a harrowing account of the violent reality of life in Devi's native country by the figurehead of Mauritian literature.

EVE OUT OF HER RUINS

By Ananda Devi
Translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman
Shortlisted for The Albertine Prize 2017
Shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Awards 2017

Finalist for The CLMP Firecracker Awards 2017
Winner of the Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie 2006

This book is supported by the French Institute (UK) as part of the Burgess programme.

‘“One day we wake up and the future has disappeared.” So begins adult life in Troumaron, a run-down area of Port-Louis, in Mauritius. But Devi’s young protagonists resist this erasure; boldest among them is Eve, one of the most compelling fictional characters I‘ve ever encountered – she’s up there with Ferrante’s Lila. And fans of Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels will also recognise in Devi’s account of marginalised urban lives a similar commitment to the truth of how the dispossessed struggle. An extraordinary novel, beautifully translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman.’ – Natasha Soobramanien, author of Genie and Paul

'A remarkable book that is as much a call to action as it is a love story, Devi beautifully juxtaposes the beauty and despair of the island through her dreamy, ethereal prose, and the audacity of her characters’ ambition.' – The Gazette

'It could be a manifesto for reading translated fiction, and this stunning short novel is a perfect starting point.' – Deborah Smith, The Guardian

‘The power of this haunting novel is its universality; the stark contrast between the pleasures of the rich and the struggles of the poor has been explored previously, but Devi breathes new life into a familiar conflict by offering four interwoven perspectives, with each narrator affected differently and tragically by the impossibility of changing their circumstances. The beauty of Devi’s prose belies the horror of the world she conjures up. This is a visceral portrait of violence rendered honestly and gracefully.’ Publishers’ Weekly (starred review)

'Eve’s coping, her delicious revenge and small acts of goodness by other characters give the translation a hopeful tone. Eve sidesteps poverty and abuse — the true antagonists in the novel — and Devi’s poetic writing provides portraits of characters who force their own bodies into mattering.' – Allison Cundiff, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

'Devi’s novel is of a piece with an important strand in postcolonial feminist writing that locates the central tragedy of survival in the necessity of repeated leave-takings, which are always acts of betrayal—betrayal of home, of history, of nation, of those who stayed.' – Anjuli Raza Kolb, Bookforum

'This. Book. Is. Excellent.' – Lisa Lucas, National Book Foundation

'I was so locked into Eve out of Her Ruins, I went the wrong way down the Piccadilly line for 6 stops.' – Lara Pawson, author of This Is the Place to Be

'I read it in two huge swallows on the train and then did that embarrassing thing of being so wrecked by a book I started weeping in public and everyone around me politely averted their eyes. It is a hard book, I’m not gonna lie, but also one of the most gorgeous things I’ve read in a long time.' – The Rejectionist

'Ananda Devi confronts us with instances of great pain and suffering, yet seldom without embracing the redemptive qualities of attentiveness, spirit, beauty.' – The National (Abu Dhabi)

'Eve begins: “Walking is hard. I limp, I hobble along on the steaming asphalt. With each step a monster rises, fully formed.” This novel is a telling about how the monster came to be formed. ... ferocious and unforgettable.’ Full Stop Magazine

‘Devi’s prose is both thoughtful and torrential in its force.’ Le Monde

‘One of the major literary voices of the Indian Ocean.’ PEN American Centre

‘Here is a truly great writer.’ – J. M. G. Le Clézio