Kolkata:Penguin Random House India has announced the acquisition and publication of a stunning new novel, titled ASOCA: A Sutra, by prizewinning writer Irwin Allan Sealy.
Earlier, Penguin had published the thirtieth-anniversary edition of Sealy’s critically acclaimed debut novel The Trotter-Nama and this is the second book by the author to be published by PRH.
This book will be released under Penguin’s Viking imprint in July 2021.The novel will be presented as an imagined memoir of Ashoka The Great, the emperor who ruled most of the Indian Subcontinent and played a pivotal role in the spread of Buddhism from India to other parts of Asia in the 3rd century BC.
Asoca, tells the story of the emperor who went from masterminding one of the biggest and deadliest wars to becoming one of the most profound advocates of non-violence. The beauty of Sealy's prose will transport readers to a time and place that is remarkable.‘With Asoca, I’m delighted to be back with old friends at Penguin!’, says the author, Irwin Allan Sealy.
Manasi Subramaniam, Executive Editor and Head of Literary Rights, Penguin Random House India, says, ‘It’s an incendiary, powerful work that appears to combine the very best of Allan’s preceding books. Slipping easily from mock gravitas to straightforward humour, his infinite variety is on full display here. It’s a rich, dark-but-whimsical parable about nationhood and violence and religion and personal dilemmas. I found it irreverent, funny and poignant, rich with skepticism and heart. I loved it!’.
‘Working with Allan on this brilliant novel has been my great privilege and joy. I can’t wait for his fans to read ASOCA, and delighted that Manasi Subramaniam and her team at Viking, PRH will be publishing the book in 2021’ says Priya Doraswamy, Lotus Lane Literary.(UNI)