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Transgressions: A first novel of exceptional beauty

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On a late summer evening, Kranti, a beautiful Indian fashion designer, stages her own death in an apartment in Paris. She leaves behind her diaries and paintings, and bequeaths her entire estate to her French lover. Robert-

What terrible secrets lie hidden in the pages of Kranti’s notebooks? Did they drive her to take her own life? And how will things change for Robert-Pierre after Shanti’s arrival?Pierre is a married man, a psychiatrist, who has so far managed to keep his two lives separate. As he tries to make sense of Kranti’s death, his own life begins to unravel. Meanwhile, Shanti, Kranti’s sister, travels from India to Paris to contest the will, unaware that Robert-Pierre has unearthed her family’s long-concealed past.

Vaiju Naravane’s searing novel moves seamlessly between India and Paris and keeps the reader on tenterhooks right up to the last shattering page.


 “The Hindu”’s Europe correspondent, Vaiju Narvane is also a lecturer, broadcaster and foreign fiction editor with the French publishing house Albin Michel. She will be in conversation with   Jyotirmaya Sharma (professor of political sciences), to talk about her first novel “Transgressions

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