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9780385547024

Silent Winds, Dry Seas A Novel

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  • ISBN13:

    9780385547024

  • ISBN10:

    0385547021

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2021-08-17
  • Publisher: Doubleday
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"The beauty of Busjeet's splendid, often breathtaking book is, like the best stories of journeys to young adulthood, the precious and well-observed and heartbreaking details of day-to-day life." Edward P. Jones, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Known World

Vinod Busjeet's sweeping debut novel explores the intimate struggle for independence of a young Hindu boy in Mauritius, a small island under British colonial rule in the Indian Ocean.


     In the 1950s, Vishnu Bhushan is a young boy yet to learn the truth beyond the rumors of his family's fractured histories--an alliance, as his mother says, of two bankrupt families. In evocative chapters, the first two decades of Vishnu's life in Mauritius unfolds with heart wrenching closeness as he battles his ambition to experience the world beyond, and the cultural, political, and familial turmoil that hold on to him.
     Through gorgeous and precise language, Silent Winds, Dry Seas conjures the spirit and rich life of Mauritius, even as its diverse peoples endure colonial rule. Weaving the soaring hopes, fierce love, and heart-breaking tragedies of Vishnu's proud Mauritian family together with his country's turbulent battle to gain independence, Busjeet masterfully evokes the epic sweep of history in the intimate moments of a boy's life.
     Silent Winds, Dry Seas is a poetic, powerful, and universal novel of identity and place, of the legacies of colonialism, and of what a family will sacrifice for its children to thrive.

Author Biography

VINOD BUSJEET was born in Mauritius, a multiracial island in the Indian Ocean. He holds degrees from Wesleyan University and Harvard University and spent twenty-nine years in economic development, finance, and diplomacy, holding positions at the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, and as a secondary school teacher in Mauritius. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife. This is his first book.

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