Latitudes of Longing

Latitudes of Longing


Latitudes of Longing

Author: Shubhangi Swarup

An astounding exploration of intense longings, Shubhangi Swarup’s novel begins in the depths of the Andaman Sea, and follows geological and emotional faultlines through the Irrawaddy Delta and the tourist-trap of Thamel, to end amidst the highest glaciers and passes of the Karakorams.

The story sweeps through worlds and times that are inhabited by: a scientist who studies trees and a clairvoyant who talks to them; Lord Goodenough who travels around the furthest reaches of the Raj, giving names to nameless places; a geologist working towards ending futile wars over a glacier; octogenarian lovers; a superstitious dictator and a mother struggling to get her revolutionary son released; a yeti who seeks human companionship; a turtle who turns first into a boat and then a woman; and the ghost of an evaporated ocean as restless as the continents. Binding them all together is a vision of life as vast as the universe itself.

Richly imaginative and irresistible in its storytelling, Latitudes of Longing announces the arrival of an incredible new literary talent.

Original language

ENGLISH (World except Indian subcontinent) | One World / Penguin Random House
ENGLISH (India) | HarperCollins India
ENGLISH (UK) | riverrun/Quercus

Translation rights

CHINESE (Simplified) | Rye Field Publications
DUTCH | Hollands Diep
FRENCH | Éditions Métailié
ITALIAN | Ponte alle Grazie
NORWEGIAN | Gursli Berg Forlag
RUSSIAN | Phantom Press
SWEDISH | Louise Bäckelin/Modernista
TURKISH | April Publishing House

• Winner of the Tata Live Literature! First Book Award for Fiction
• Shortlisted for the JCB Literary prize
• A bestseller in India

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