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There, Where the Pepper Grows

This book is a new novel from the author of the acclaimed The Seduction of Silence.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 21:42 IST
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There, Where The Pepper Grows
by Bem Le Hunte
Paperback
Harper Collins
Pages:293
Price: Rs 295
ISBN:0732279917

This is the story of Benjamin, who fled his native Poland during the Nazi occupation, aiming to fulfil his father's long-held dream of settling in Palestine. But along the way he and his fellow-survivors are stranded in Calcutta, and somehow it becomes inevitable that he will stay...

There, Where the Pepper Grows is the moving story of a family set against the drama of real historical events. It brings East and West together in an unforgettable novel about a search for refuge and a passionate plea for tolerance.

Here is a shortexcerpt:

We are sailing down the Hoogly River, inland towards Calcutta. I am a younger man, and I travel with a group of Polish Jewish refugees. Our lives are cheap and our pockets are empty ... I have two women in my life, and they are both on the same boat: one, a Catholic, whom I have loved since I was a little boy, and another, who is Jewish, whom I have married.

I do not know what the future will hold for any of us. I do not know when we will be able to stop wandering...

First Published: Feb 16, 2006 21:42 IST