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BADAMI, Anita Rau. Can You Hear the Nightbird Call? (Toronto) : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, (2006). First Printing. Pp. (14),-412,(7). 8vo (162 x 235 mm), black cloth, with gilt lettering to spine.
Anita Rau Badami (b. September 24, 1961, Rourkela, Odisha, India) emigrated to Canada in 1991. She was educated at the University of Madras and Sophia Polytechnic in Bombay, and the University of Calgary. Ms. Badama was selected as Jury Chair for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and received the Marian Engel Award for a female writer in mid-career.
"Anita Rau Badami's new novel, Can You Here the Nightbird Call?, tells the stories of three women, linked in love and tragedy, over a span of fifty years, sweeping from the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 to the explosion of Air India flight 182 off the coast of Ireland in 1985.
There is Bibi-ji, who steals the heart of her sister's fiancé and returns with him to Vancouver, where they become pillars of the Sikh community, and who is haunted by the subsequent disappearance of her sister during the violence of Partition; her neighbour Leela - trying to get on with the business of living in this new world of opportunity - who feels herself always a 'half and half,' a newcomer struggling to find her way in the colourful 'desi' community of Vancouver; and Nimmo, orphaned by the devastation that engulfed India after Partition, who tries to rebuild her life in Delhi. But for all three, the conflicts of the past re-emerge with shattering results.
Rich with Ania Rau Badami's warmth and humanity, and filled with the daily sights, scents and sounds of both Canada and India, Can You Hear the Nightbird Call? vividly reveals the tumultuous effect of the past on new immigrants, and the ways in which memory and myth, the personal and the political, become heartrendingly connected." - from dustjacket
Part 1 - Bibi-ji :
1. Childhood - Panjaur 1928;
2. Theft - Panjaur 1938;
3. Guilt - Vancouver 1951;
4. The Delhi Junction - Vancouver 1967;
Part 2 - Leela :
5. Half-and-Half - Bangalore 1946;
6. Fallen Arches - Bangalore 1967;
7. Indra's Net - Vancouver 1967;
8. Introductions - Vancouver 1967;
9. Coincidences- Vancouver 1967.
Part 3 - Nimmo :
10. A Bin of Grain - New Delhi, June 1967;
11. Give-and-Take - New Delhi, September 1967;
Part 4 - Here and There :
12. Educating Jasbeer - Vancouver, January 1971;
13. The Small Joys - New Delhi, March 1971;
14. Interlude - Vancouver, October 1971;
15. The Writing on the Wall - New Delhi, November 1971;
16. Maps, Coins and Flags - Vancouver, December 1971;
17. A Brilliant Day - Vancouver, June 27, 1975;
18. A State of Emergency - New Delhi, August 1975;
19. The Return of Dr. Randhawa - Vancouver, April 1980;
20. The Nightbird - New Delhi, October 1983.
Part 5 - Endings :
21. A Sense of Belonging - Vancouver, March 1984;
22. Golden Temple - Amritsar, May 31-June 3, 1984;
23. Whispers in the Wind - Vancouver, August 1984;
24. They - New Delhi, October 31, 1984;
25. Bibi-ji - Vancouver, November 1984;
26. The Safest Place - New Delhi, December 30, 1984;
27. Silences- Vancouver, June 1985;
28. Air India Flight 182- Vancouver, June 22, 1985.
Epilogue - June 1986.
With historical note.
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Title: Can You Hear the Nightbird Call? First Edition in dustjacket
Publisher: Toronto, Alfred A. Knopf Canada: 2006
ISBN Number: 0676976042
ISBN Number 13: 9780676976045
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