Waiting for the Monsoon
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Waiting for the Monsoon

Translated from the original Dutch by Barbara Potter Fasting
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

India, 1995. Charlotte Bridgwater lives with her father, a former British general, and just one loyal servant in a stately old mansion in the town of Rampur. Money is scarce and the once grand estate is crumbling.

In a desperate bid to generate income, Charlotte rents a room to Madan, an Indian tailor with an astonishing talent for making beautiful garments. Madan is unable to communicate verbally, but the two have an immediate and electrifying connection. And, as the extreme heat before the impending monsoon paralyzes the residents of Rampur, the details of their lives unfold: Charlotte’s unhappy childhood and the early death of her husband, Madan’s poverty-stricken life on the streets, and how and when their paths have crossed before.

Told in rich, rhapsodic prose, spanning decades and across continents, Waiting for the Monsoon is an unforgettable tale of love, loss, and the unwavering bond between two people.

 

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Threes
Anna

Threes Anna is a writer and director of film and theatre. She is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, and her debut film, The Bird Can’t Fly, premiered at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. She is currently working on the film adaptation of her novel The Silent City. She lives in the Netherlands.

Threes Anna is a writer and director of film and theatre. She is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, and her debut film, The Bird Can’t Fly, premiered at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. She is currently working on the film adaptation of her novel The Silent City. She lives in the Netherlands.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Barbara Potter
Fasting

Barbara Potter Fasting is an accomplished translator who currently resides in the Netherlands and has published a variety of book translations. Barbara earned a B.A. degree in Latin Literature from Georgian Court and an M.A. degree in translation studies from the University of Amsterdam. She attended the Instituut voor Vertaalkunde in Amsterdam and is certified Dutch-English by the American Translators Association and earned the state accreditation examination for Translator-Interpreter, The Hague.

Barbara Potter Fasting is an accomplished translator who currently resides in the Netherlands and has published a variety of book translations. Barbara earned a B.A. degree in Latin Literature from Georgian Court and an M.A. degree in translation studies from the University of Amsterdam. She attended the Instituut voor Vertaalkunde in Amsterdam and is certified Dutch-English by the American Translators Association and earned the state accreditation examination for Translator-Interpreter, The Hague.

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

Excellent novel about the love of a British lady for a local dressmaker in India in 1995.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
30/11/2020
Country
Netherlands
Original Language
Dutch
Author
Publisher
House of Anansi Press
Translator
Barbara Potter Fasting
Translation
Translated from the original Dutch by Barbara Potter Fasting

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