We are thrilled to announce that the Dutch publishing house Atlas Contact has acquired Dutch rights in THE GYPSY GODDESS by debut author Meena Kandasamy. The novel, published by Atlantic, is a brilliantly original, ferociously angry and at times laugh-out loud funny book about a true life massacre in rural India in 1968 in which a group of striking Dalit village labourers were murdered by a gang sent by their landlords. The book is as much about a true life massacre as it is about the impossibility of writing a novel about a true life massacre.
Jessica Nash, head of foreign fiction at Atlas Contact says: ‘We are thrilled to publish Meena Kandasamy’s furious, funny, heart-breaking novel The Gypsy Goddess. It has been a while since I have read something so well constructed yet structurally supple, so formally playful yet deadly serious. Metafiction – and a very good story to boot. It is challenging, scintillating, thought-provoking and poetic.’
The book received a huge amount of media attention with rave reviews in The Guardian, The Times and The Independent. The Times called the book ‘Dazzling, maddening and often hilarious.’ And The Guardian says: ‘Powerful…The Gypsy Goddess has a lyrical, radical core, which offers bold perspectives on the relationship between poverty and power.’
Foreign rights have also been sold to Wunderhorn Verlag in Germany.