When a young elephant is brutally orphaned by poachers and then captured, it is only a matter of time before he breaks his chains and begins terrorising the countryside, earning his malevolent name from the humans he kills and then tenderly buries with leaves.
Manu, the studious son of a rice farmer, loses his cousin to the Gravedigger and is drawn, with his wayward brother Jayan, into the alluring world of ivory hunting, while his family relationships grow ever more complicated.
Emma is working on a documentary set in a Kerala wildlife park with her best friend. Her work leads her to witness the porous boundary between conservation and corruption and she finds herself caught up in her own betrayal.
As the novel hurtles toward its tragic climax, these three story lines fuse into a wrenching meditation on love and revenge, fact and myth, duty and sacrifice. In a feat of audacious imagination and arrestingly beautiful prose, The Tusk That Did the Damage tells an original and heartbreaking story about how we treat nature, and each other.
Why read this?
Primarily for the author. Tania James had been nominated for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for her debut book Atlas of Unknowns. If you’ve read her previous book, the short story collection Aerogrammes, you know what’s in store for you in this one. And if you haven’t read that, here’s your chance to read a very promising author of Indian origin. Tania James is here to stay for long and this book seems to be a glaring evidence of her talent. Grab it soon, a story set in the jungle can hardly go wrong.
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