The Great Feast is a bold expose of the contemporary Indian political scene that has cast aside morality and ethics and unfailingly betrays public trust for vested interests and private ends.
The Great Feast opens with the death of Bisesar – an unknown village youth – in itself an insignificant event. But with an important by-election around the corner, the feasting begins as opposing political parties like vultures seize upon the unfortunate event to extract political capital out of it, thereby providing sharp insights into the exercise of power and patronage.
Translated from the Hindi Mahabhoj by Ruth Vanita, this is a classic of Indian literature.
Mannu Bhandari, Translated from the Hindi by Ruth Vanita