The city and the sea-RAJ KAMAL JHA

The city and the sea


Penguin Random House

Dreams and grisly realities merge in this impassioned take on the Nirbhaya tragedy.

A young boy in a New Delhi neighbourhood waits for his mother, a journalist, who seems to have vanished after leaving work. With the help of a companion who calls himself December, the hopeful yet sheltered child embarks on a search for his mother through the Sea, the invisible city teeming with the lost and forgotten. Yet, he slowly realises that December may have to do more with his mother’s disappearance than he’s letting on. Meanwhile in a small Baltic Coast town in Germany, the young boy’s mother awakens from a dream in her hotel room and finds herself trying to make sense of her circumstances.

 Written by veteran journalist and acclaimed novelist Raj Kamal Jha, The City and the Sea is a heart-breaking, magic realist tale that takes on the 2012 rape and murder of Jyoti Singh and asks probing questions about sexual violence, shared humanity and forgiveness.

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Born in 1996 in Bihar, Raj Kamal Jha is a prolific journalist and writer. He is the chief editor of The Indian Express. He has been awarded Journalist of the Year at the Red Ink Awards by the Mumbai Press Club in 2017. Jha's first novel, The Blue Bedspread, won the 2000 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book (Eurasia) and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His second novel, If You Are Afraid of Heights, was a finalist for the Hutch-Crossword Book Award in 2003. His fiction has been translated into more than a dozen languages. The City and the Sea is his fifth novel.