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‘ of Devi and Zuckerman’s greatest triumphs in this book is that each character has their own distinct rhythms, with power and poetry drawn from the cadences of their speech ... narration is extraordinary, shifting between describing solid, often sordid details with vivid precision, and soaring into more abstract passages that echo the ebb and flow of the sea that 'surges, escapes, shatters' on the island’s shore ... Together these voices provide a stunning immersion in Troumaron, an impoverished area of Port Louis, and in the surges of teenage lust ... [a] stunning short novel.’ – The Guardian

‘“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

‘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

‘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)

From the US:

‘The novel’s voices are distinct, but they all flash with the hot mirages of adolescence—all four kids see with the hard certainty of desire things that are and aren’t there... 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....The challenges of getting Devi’s tropical-guttural-teenage mood right are considerable, but Zuckerman’s translation is confident and accomplished, capturing the marine clarity of the prose without losing any of its poetic heat.’ – Anjuli Raza Kolb, Bookforum

‘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

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

‘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)

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘This. Book. Is. Excellent.’ – Lisa Lucas, National Book Foundation


Growing up in Ananda Devi's novel about Mauritian teens, Matthew Adams, The National (Abu Dhabi Media), 13 October 2016
'...a quietly harrowing portrait of the moral toxicity of groupthink, and the insidious banality of gendered violence', Houman Barekat, The New Internationalist, 2 October 2016
Teenage lust amid the tropical heat and dust, Deborah Smith, Guardian, 30 September 2016

From the US:

Yikes! We need more books in translation, Sarah Ullery, Book Riot, 23 May 2019
Love and despair in paradise, Laura Farmer, The Gazette, 8 January 2017
Eve out of Her Ruins – recommended by Adam Hocker, Albertine Books, 30 October 2016
Three Percent BTBA Favorites So Far, Jennifer Croft, 27 October 2016
Every Eve is born in writing, Anjuli Raza Kolb, Bookforum, 16 September 2016