Release of Vaiju Naravane’s first work of fiction "Transgressions", 11 April 2014

H.E. Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, hosted the launch of noted journalist Vaiju Naravane’s first work of fiction, entitled Transgressions (HarperCollins India, 2014) on Friday, 11th April 2014

Well-known writer and critic Anita Roy was in conversation with the writer.

Ms Naravane also spoke on her book on Wednesday, 9th April 2014 at Alliance Française de Delhi, with writer-diplomat Pavan K. Varma for the 29th session of Writers, etc., the monthly literary platform a jointly organised by the Embassy of France in India, Institut Français en Inde and the Alliance Française de Delhi.

Apart from Delhi, the author toured India for the Transgressions release at the Alliance Française in the following cities:
- 2nd April, Bangalore: conversation with Anita Nair
- 4th April, Hyderabad: conversation with Jyotirmaya Sharma
- 7th April, Pune: conversation with Dileep Padgaonkar


Transgressions: On a late summer evening, Kranti, a beautiful Indian fashion designer, stages her own death in an apartment in Paris. She leaves behind her diaries and paintings, and bequeaths her entire estate to her French lover. Robert-Pierre is a married man, a psychiatrist, who has so far managed to keep his two lives separate. As he tries to make sense of Kranti’s death, his own life begins to unravel. Meanwhile, Shanti, Kranti’s sister, travels from India to Paris to contest the will, unaware that Robert-Pierre has unearthed her family’s long-concealed past. What terrible secrets lie hidden in the pages of Kranti’s notebooks? Did they drive her to take her own life? And how will things change for Robert-Pierre after Shanti’s arrival? Vaiju Naravane’s searing novel
moves seamlessly between India and Paris and keeps the reader on tenterhooks right up to the last shattering page.

Vaiju Naravane is the The Hindu’s Senior Europe Correspondent based in Paris since 1996. Also a name in the audiovisual media, she features regularly in international television and radio programmes of Kiosque -TV5, C dans l’air- France 5, JT – iTELE, Arte, France 2, France 3, LCP, LCI, and BBC World Service Radio. A lecturer, she has taught at the Sciences Po Paris School of Journalism. To the many hats she wears, Navarane adds Foreign Fiction Editor with the French publishing house Albin Michel, where she has published authors like Vikram Seth, Manil Suri, Alan Hollinghurst, Esther Freud, Daniel Alarcon, Anita Nair and Anita Brookner, among others.

Anita Roy is a well-known writer and editor, who has worked in publishing for over 25 years both in India and the UK, where she grew up. She has worked with the feminist publishing house Zubaan for the past decade. A columnist, reviewer and critic, her work has appeared in numerous newspapers and anthologies, and her first novel (for children) is forthcoming.

Pavan K. Varma, distinguished career diplomat and writer, is currently Advisor (Culture) to the Chief Minister of Bihar. A writer of depth and insight, he has penned over a dozen books as well as translated the poetry of Kaifi Azmi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and Gulzar.

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