When I Hit You

When I Hit You

Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife

by Meena Kandasamy

Hardback Age range: 0 to 0 years old Publication Date: 24/05/2017

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**Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018**

Seduced by politics and poetry, the unnamed narrator falls in love with a university professor and agrees to be his wife, but what for her is a contract of love is for him a contract of ownership.

As he sets about reducing her to his idealised version of a kept woman, bullying her out of her life as an academic and writer in the process, she attempts to push back - a resistance he resolves to break with violence and rape.

Smart, fierce and courageous When I Hit You is a dissection of what love meant, means and will come to mean when trust is undermined by violence; a brilliant, throat-tightening feminist discourse on battered faces and bruised male egos; and a scathing portrait of traditional wedlock in modern India.

ISBN:
9781786491268
9781786491268
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Age range:
0 to 0 years old
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
24-05-2017
Publisher:
Atlantic Books
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
256
Dimensions (mm):
205x137x24mm
Weight:
0.34kg
Meena Kandasamy

Meena Kandasamy is a poet, fiction writer, translator and activist who was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. She has published two collections of poetry, Touch (2006) and Ms. Militancy (2010), and the critically acclaimed novel, Gypsy Goddess. Her second novel, When I Hit You, was shortlisted for the Women's Prize for fiction 2018. She currently lives in East London.

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