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The Ten Days Executive and other stories

Rhoda Bharath’s stories bring a very contemporary Trinidad of the internet and social media into an urgent but complex focus. Told through a distinctive range of individual voices, they visit the domestic and public spaces of a country moving too fast between the knowing innocence of its past and the experience of a...

£8.99

Author(s)
Rhoda Bharath
ISBN
9781845232931
Pages
180
Price
£8.99
Classification
Fiction, Short Stories, Ebook and print
Setting
Trinidad and Tobago, Imaginary Caribbean
Date published
20 Apr 2015

Rhoda Bharath’s stories bring a very contemporary Trinidad of the internet and social media into an urgent but complex focus. Told through a distinctive range of individual voices, they visit the domestic and public spaces of a country moving too fast between the knowing innocence of its past and the experience of a globalised present where the words “shipping and transportation” have quite a different meaning in the thesaurus of the street corner.

Caught in the antagonisms of race, class and gender; the violence that comes with the trade in cocaine; and an Anancy politics where government power is the means to personal wealth made secure by favours to one’s ethnic supporters, Bharath’s characters are often engaged in a struggle to balance a desire for meaning and self-worth with the temptations of survival by any means.

What Bharath brings to these narratives is an elliptical economy of suggestion that invites the reader to make connections; a bold, prophetic voice of alarm over a world that seems to have lost its moral compass; and subtly empathetic insights into the inner lives of her vividly drawn characters, but also a witty eye for the absurdity of their pretensions.

Rhoda Bharath was born and lives in Trinidad. A writer, lecturer and blogger, she teaches at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine.

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Rhoda Bharath

Rhoda Bharath is a Caribbean author who teaches and blogs about politics and culture in the hours between night and day.

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