No. 2, Eve Out of Her Ruins


No. 2, Eve Out of Her Ruins

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Translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman

First English edition published 13 September 2016

First published in September 2016 in co-edition with CB editions.

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.

‘Here is a truly great writer.’ – J. M. G. Le Clézio
‘A stunning short novel.’ – The Guardian
‘Devi’s prose is both thoughtful and torrential in its force.’ – Le Monde

Winner of the Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie 2006
Winner of the CLMP Firecracker Award in Fiction, 2017
Finalist for the inaugural TA First Translation Prize 2018
Finalist for the Albertine Prize 2017
Finalist for the Best Translated Book Award 2017

Read an excerpt on LitHub.

2nd edition (pink cover) 176 pages, paperback, isbn 978-0-9930093-4-1
First edition (grey cover, Conqueror Laid card): 176 pages, paperback with French flaps, OUT OF PRINT

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