Magazine article New Internationalist

[Colonies of the Heart]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Colonies of the Heart]

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Colonies of the Heart has a different, more metaphorical take on the colonial experience. It's a mixed double from a frequent NI contributor, Jeremy Seabrook. The first part consists of a novel entitled Dilraj: Empire of the Heart, which sets its protagonists on a journey of self- deception and discovery across cultural and emotional shifting sands. Detailing the uncharacteristic love affair between Frank (an older British man at the receiving end of the gay-lib fall-out) and Prakash (an Indian hill lad from a poor family for whom a 'gay' identity in the Western sense is an alien concept), it rises above being an exercise in social anthropology by dint of the author's unflinching gaze. But the real jewel in this book is A Woman's Life, a fictionalized memoir of his mother's blighted marriage and the shadow it cast over his own Northampton youth. …

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