Translated from Gujarati by Rita Kothari and Abhijit Kothari
In this historical novel, the second in the Patan trilogy by leading twentieth-century writer and freedom fighter KM Munshi, the kingdom of Patan is under attack from the army of Avanti. People flee their villages to seek refuge in the city. Amid mounting panic, the arrival of Kaak, a young warrior from Laat, sets in motion a dramatic chain of events. The novel abounds in conspiracies, heroism and romance, and it combines state politics and battles with personal trials and tribulations.
Penguin India, 520 pages, Rs 499
Correction: An earlier version of this article misspelt the translators’ names “Rita Kothari” and “Abhijit Kothari” as “Roya Kothari” and “Abhijeet Kothari.” The Caravan regrets the errors.