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The Inheritance Of Loss, by Kiran Desai, Hamish Hamilton (Penguin Books), €25.

30th September, 2006

The Inheritance Of Loss, by Kiran Desai, Hamish Hamilton (Penguin Books), €25.

It is 1986 and heavy rains mean the houses of Kalimpong on the high slopes of the Himalayas risk sliding down the mountainside.

It is not just the weather that makes life precarious in Kiran Desai’s second novel, The Inheritance of Loss. Nepalese political activists become increasingly intimidating and the ‘haves’ become targeted by the ‘have-nots’ as violence and lawlessness escalate....

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