Thunder Demons

D. Mukherjee

Published by Gyaana Books, 2011
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Synopsis: With a strong cast of characters, Thunder Demons unveils Malaysia as it grapples with tradition in the face of globalization, especially over the issue of who is a bumiputra . Combining themes of communal violence, religion and identity, this is a racy and dramatic story of love and betrayal.

From the Author: I remember that I had a thought about a woman drowning while her infant daughter watched the scene. I used to go for long walks and Agni, the protagonist of TD, started to talk in my head. At that time, I was also co-editing "The Merlion and the Hibiscus" for Penguin India, and I think that editing this collection made me think that I should write. In my twenties, with the kids and the dissertation, I stopped writing prose -I felt I could only do poetry, and that too in short bursts. I had no time for the sustained focus that writing a novel required. Thunder Demons went through various name changes and I showed an earlier version to my editor in Penguin India who was very encouraging, but the story took a long long time to achieve any coherence -first novels are hard! I wrote my second novel in five months -really -and have been editing it for 3 years now, but TD has been a nine-year process.

Thunder Demons has been challenging to market -it is such a niche book, and my American agents & publishers would say that there is very little interest in Malaysian politics out of Malaysia. But I kept working on Thunder Demons -as a Malaysian permanent resident with a son and a husband who hold Malaysian citizenship, the inequities of Malaysia are something I wanted to address. My academic research is also in the field of Malaysian language planning and policy (my co-edited book, Language Shifts Among Malaysian Minorities as Effects Of National Language Planning: speaking in Many Tongues was published by the Amsterdam University Press in April 2011), so I know Malaysia very well. Then Thunder Demons, as an unpublished novel, was longlisted for the Man Asia Lit Prize in 2009. Before this, I was getting published in magazines like the Asia Literary review and all that, but suddenly, WOW, I was in a list with Su Tong, whose novel "Rice" I first read as a teenager! I am such a fan of Su Tong and just being in the same longlist as him felt like winning. As soon as I read his excerpt I knew that no one else on that list had a chance, but it didn't matter. The Man Asia listing gave me a lot of confidence and an agent. I found Gyaana Books as a friend had recently published with them, and the rest is history.

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Publication Date: 2011
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