A Stranger at My Table – “beauty in its narration”
“What strikes one immediately on reading the Goan-Norwegian author Ivo de Figueiredo’s memoir, A Stranger at My Table, is the beauty in its narration. This 321-page account of a man’s search for his father – and, in turn, discovering his own community – is rich in some of the finest, very lovingly crafted passages I have read lately.
“It raises crucial issues of identity, nationality, religion, class differences, racism, and the position of women, as well as personal ones like love, isolation, estrangement, age, grief, and helplessness. In other words everything that matters to us today.”
– Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, Scroll.in
Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar is a writer and bestselling author. His debut novel, The Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baskey, for which he received the 2015 Muse India Young Writer Award, was shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award and the Hindu Literary Prize, and longlisted for the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award. His second book, The Adivasi Will Not Dance: Stories was shortlisted for the 2016 Hindu Literary Prize.