• Dans le but de célébrer le chaurasi de leur grand-mère Chitralekha - soit son 84e anniversaire, très important selon la tradition népalaise -, ses petits-enfants se rendent à Gangtok, dans l'État lointain du Sikkim, en Inde du Nord-Est.
    Agastaya débarque de New York. Bien qu'il soit un médecin reconnu de trente-trois ans, il redoute l'inquisition familiale qui s'annonce puisqu'il n'est toujours pas marié, et il est même terrifié à l'idée que la raison de son célibat soit révélée au grand jour.
    Le rejoignent Manasa et Bhagwati, qui arrivent l'une de Londres et l'autre du Colorado. La première est surdiplômée d'Oxford, la seconde est une fugueuse déshonorée par sa famille.
    Tous trois affichent le même objectif : sortir indemne du chaurasi de leur grand-mère - un objectif qui s'éloigne au fur et à mesure qu'avancent les célébrations, d'autant plus qu'une servante acerbe et un quatrième invité inattendu se joignent à cette épique réunion de famille.
    Une savoureuse comédie de moeurs servie par l'humour et le ton caustique de Prajwal Parajuly. Un livre d'une grande intelligence, original et convaincant, lumineux et irrésistible. Une histoire d'amour et de pardon, tragique et drôle à la fois, pleine d'humanité.
    Prajwal Parajuly, de père indien et de mère népalaise, vit entre New York, Oxford et Gangtok, sa ville natale dans l'Himalaya indien. Fuir et revenir est son premier roman.

  • To commemorate Chitralekha Nepauney's Chaurasi - her landmark 84th birthday - three of Chitralekha's grandchildren are travelling to Gangtok, Sikkim, to pay their respects. Agastaya is flying in from New York. Although a successful oncologist, he is dreading his family's inquisition into why he is not married, and is terrified that the reason for his bachelordom will be discovered. Joining him are Manasa and Bhagwati, travelling from London and Colorado respectively. One the Oxford-educated achiever; the other the disgraced eloper - one moneyed but miserable; the other ostracized but optimistic. All three harbour the same dual objective: to emerge from the celebrations with their formidable grandmother's blessing and their nerves intact - a goal that will become increasingly difficult thanks to a mischievous maid and a fourth, uninvited guest.

  • A disfigured servant girl plans to flee Nepal; a Kalimpong shopkeeper faces an impossible dilemma; a Hindu religious festival in Darjeeling brings with it a sacrifice; a Nepali-Bhutanese refugee pins her hopes on the West; a Gurkha's daughter tries to comprehend her father's complaints; two young Nepali-speaking immigrants meet in Manhattan. These are just some of the stories describing and dramatizing the experiences of the Nepalese people and the Nepalese diaspora - the people whose culture and language is Nepalese but who are dispersed to India, Bhutan and beyond. From every perspective and on every page, Prajwal Parajuly blends rich colour and vernacular to paint an eye-opening picture of a unique world and its people.

  • To commemorate Chitralekha Nepauney's Chaurasi - her landmark 84th birthday - three of Chitralekha's grandchildren are travelling to Gangtok, Sikkim, to pay their respects. Agastaya is flying in from New York. Although a successful oncologist, he is dreading his family's inquisition into why he is not married, and is terrified that the reason for his bachelordom will be discovered. Joining him are Manasa and Bhagwati, travelling from London and Colorado respectively. One the Oxford-educated achiever; the other the disgraced eloper - one moneyed but miserable; the other ostracized but optimistic. All three harbour the same dual objective: to emerge from the celebrations with their formidable grandmother's blessing and their nerves intact - a goal that will become increasingly difficult thanks to a mischievous maid and a fourth, uninvited guest.

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