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The Distaste of the Earth

The Distaste of the Earth

Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih
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Inspired by the true and tragic love story of Manik Raitong and Lieng Makaw, Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih weaves an ancient world of Khasi kings and queens, warriors and plunderers, and chronicles the sorrows of a young man caught up in that world. And it all begins in a pata, the local bar.

Ambitious and expansive, lifelike and filled with wonder, this is the layered fictional history of a land where love knows no boundaries, where animals recount their tales of woe against man and where retribution arrives, sooner or later.

Artfully raising questions about earthly powers, godly dispensation and where our anthropocentric attitude is leading us, The Distaste of the Earth grapples with such themes as greed and oppression, revenge and justice,
love and tragedy, strife and peace.

At once mythical and contemporary, this is the work of a master fabulist.

Imprint: India Penguin

Published: May/2024

ISBN: 9780143466857

Length : 480 Pages

MRP : ₹799.00

The Distaste of the Earth

Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih

Inspired by the true and tragic love story of Manik Raitong and Lieng Makaw, Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih weaves an ancient world of Khasi kings and queens, warriors and plunderers, and chronicles the sorrows of a young man caught up in that world. And it all begins in a pata, the local bar.

Ambitious and expansive, lifelike and filled with wonder, this is the layered fictional history of a land where love knows no boundaries, where animals recount their tales of woe against man and where retribution arrives, sooner or later.

Artfully raising questions about earthly powers, godly dispensation and where our anthropocentric attitude is leading us, The Distaste of the Earth grapples with such themes as greed and oppression, revenge and justice,
love and tragedy, strife and peace.

At once mythical and contemporary, this is the work of a master fabulist.

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Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih

Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih, born in Sohra, Meghalaya, writes poetry, drama and fiction in Khasi and English. His latest works include the epic-length novel Funeral Nights, The Yearning of Seeds: Poems, Time’s Barter: Haiku and Senryu and Around the Hearth: Khasi Legends. He has published poems and stories in Planet: The Welsh Internationalist, Wasafiri, the New Welsh Review, PEN International, the Literary Review, the Oxford Anthology of Writings from Northeast India and more. His awards include the Northeast Poetry Award (2004), the Veer Shankar Shah-Raghunath Shah National Award (2008), a Tagore Fellowship (2018), The Bangalore Review June Jazz Award (2021) and the Sparrow Literary Award (2022). He teaches literature at Northeastern Hill University, Shillong.

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