No. 10, The Living Days

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No. 10, The Living Days


Translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman

First English edition published 13th January 2020

A chance encounter on Portobello Road incites an unsettling, magnetic attraction between Mary, an elderly white woman, and Cub, a British-Jamaican boy, and drives her crumbling world into heightened delusion. The two struggle to keep their footing as white supremacy, desperation and class conflict collide on the streets of London.
Through exquisite juxtaposition, Ananda Devi exposes the tensions of an increasingly nationalistic and polarised metropolis. At once realistic and fantastical, The Living Days encapsulates Devi’s daring, unflinching talent and paints an unforgettable portrait of London at its most bewitching, and most dangerous.

‘Beautifully written, visceral and ecstatic. Unafraid, as Angels might be, to bear witness to the force of entropy pulling us all towards death.’ –  Preti Taneja, author of We That Are Young

‘A demanding and important book by a true artist and a great writer'.’ – Lara Pawson, author of This Is the Place To Be

‘The finest Mauritian novelist at work today, Ananda Devi has long been the francophone saint of the outcast, the oppressed, and the derelict. This fluid translation of one of her darkest works gives the reader a glimpse at her profound talent and her unique ability to synthesize political rage with poetic lyricism.’ - Albertine

‘A fierce portrait of our times. . . Sensual and provocative writing, woven of dreams and nightmares, which slowly closes around the reader and holds them in its grasp.’ - Le Monde des Livres

‘Old age always bears a private violence. Ananda Devi describes its inevitable symptoms whilst ever letting us glimpse an illusion of spring.’ - L’Humanité

190 pages, paperback, isbn 978-1-9993318-4-9

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This book is published in the USA in November 2019 by The Feminist Press at the City University of New York, with exclusive rights for North America. For this reason we are unable to ship the UK edition to the USA.