Exquisite Cadavers

Exquisite Cadavers

Karim and Maya are lovers. They share a home, they worry about money, and then Maya falls pregnant. But Karim is still finishing his film degree, pushing against his tutors' insistence that his art must be Arab like him. And Maya, working a zero-hours job and fretting about her family, can't find the time to quit smoking, let alone have a child.

Framed with fragments and peppered with footnotes Exquisite Cadavers is at once a bricolage of influence, and a love story that knows no borders.

Title:Exquisite Cadavers
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781786499653
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    Exquisite Cadavers Reviews

  • Paul

    This is the follow on work from “When I Hit You” and there are links between the two. It is also an experimental novel with two parallel streams of narrative on the same page. One narrative is the...

  • Hugh

    Meena Kandasamy's previous novel When I Hit You was a very powerful story, and I can entirely understand why many felt it was more of a memoir than a novel. This time round, she is much more open abou...

  • Gumble's Yard

    “The purpose of avant-garde writing for a writer of colour is to prove you are human” by M NourbeSe Philip. One of the book prizes I follow closely is the Goldsmith Prize for fiction, a British...

  • Callum McLaughlin

    This experimental novella takes the concept of meta fiction to a whole new level. Throughout its entirety, two separate narratives run in parallel. One is the fictional account of a young couple livin...

  • Paul Fulcher

    As she explains in her introduction Exquisite Cadavers is Meena Kandasamy's reaction to the reception of her previous novel When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife, where she felt...

  • Abbie | ab_reads

    3.5 stars - so unique and a rare insight into a writer’s life as they write. Full review to come! ...

  • Rakhi Dalal

    It was a quick and fascinating read. Experimental in form, it presents before reader a story of a young couple living in London juxtaposed with writer's own journey while writing it. ...

  • Bram

    This little novel absolutely blew me away with its structural innovation, smashing down the wall between the author and the work they produce. Exquisite Cadavers is a dual narrative. Its primary (imag...

  • Kracekumar

    Exquisite Cadavers, an excellent work of fiction set in the time of political divide and rise of the extreme political right in Britain and India. Meena Kandasamy's two columnar storytelling hooked me...

  • Chitra Ahanthem

    How much of an author is in a book? Does literature and art take shape from and form from the realities around the writer/artiste? How much does an author's real life experiences or belief systems inf...