Luc Leruth with Jean Drèze
A London-based banker working in London finds out that his uncle has died in the village of Palanpur, and that he is the sole heir. The novel, based on Jean Drèze’s observations as a young researcher, follows the character’s return, as he discovers that his uncle was murdered and that the police have framed a Dalit woman who worked for him. He begins to learn about the power structures and the complexities of caste in Uttar Pradesh.
Aleph, Rs 699, 308 pages