Latitudes of Longing

Latitudes of Longing


Latitudes of Longing

Author: Shubhangi Swarup

A sweeping debut novel about the desire and longing between humanity and the earth itself—by a major new literary talent from India.

Latitudes of Longing follows the interconnected lives of characters searching for true intimacy as they venture across the Indian subcontinent to tell an epic love story. We follow a scientist who studies trees and a clairvoyant who speaks to them; a geologist working to end futile wars over a glacier; octogenarian lovers; a mother struggling to free her revolutionary son; a yeti who seeks human companionship; a turtle that experiences miraculous transformations; 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 wryly perceptive, Latitudes of Longing offers a soaring view of humanity: our beauty and our ugliness, our capacity to harm and to love each other, and our mysterious and sacred relationship with nature.

Original language

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

Translation rights

CHINESE (Complex) | 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

• Longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2020
• Longlisted for the DCS Prize for South Asian Literature 2019
• Winner of the Tata Literature Live! First Book Award for Fiction 2018
• Winner of the Sushila Devi Literature Award for the Best Book of Fiction Written by a Woman
• Shortlisted for the JCB Literary prize for Indian Literature
• A bestseller in India and Sweden

New York Times Book Review, New and Noteworthy
Read it Forward, Best Books of Summer 2020 that we can’t wait to read
The Millions, Most Anticipated Books: May Preview
Lit Hub, 20 Books To Look Forward This Week
The Millions, Most Anticipated 2020

Booklist, STARRED Review“Swarup’s lyrical debut exalts in the majesty of the South Asian subcontinent by framing every one of her characters against these spectacular landscapes.”

Library Journal, STARRED Review“…one of the most wondrous literary achievements to hit the shelves this year.

Publisher’s Weekly, Review: “By integrating magical elements—talking glaciers and yetis appear—Swarup eschews conventional love stories to focus instead on many forms of desire, while the zigzagging across time and place. This offers beautiful depictions of humanity through a successfully experimental form.

Kirkus, ReviewA promising debut novel sweeps through a series of stories that join human lives to the natural world.”

Mail on Sunday, Best New Fiction’ column, Review: “An exuberantly flowing novel… a promising debut.

Irish Times, Review: “Beautifully written in lush, lyrical prose… The book’s style and scope recalls Wayteru Moore’s inventive debut She Would be King… Deepa Anappara’s Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line is another recent comparison… Swarup’s mind-bending narrative gives us talking ghosts and glaciers, but in a way that feels original and real… Her novel on the importance of connectedness… feels particularly pertinent right now.

Press Association, Review: Thoughtful, even philosophical… a unique and rewarding read.

Scotland on Sunday, Review: “Honest and visceral and terrifying.

Press Association, Review: A thoughtful, philosophical, book and the result of years of immersive research in the locations described, from the islands of the Indian Ocean to the high Himalayas. 

MS Magazine, May ReadsCombining magical realism with an ecofeminist backdrop, Swarup takes readers across South Asia in her lovely, original and lyrical debut with themes of love, connection, nature and humanity.”

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