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The Year Before Sunset: A Novel

 
Hugh Gantzer (Author) Colleen Gantzer (Author)
Synopsis The year is 1946, and the sun is about to set on the British Empire in India. Even as widespread unrest and communal violence break out all over the country, sixteen-year-old Philip Brandon, spending his winter vacations in the sleepy little town of Lakhbagan, grapples with his amorous yearnings while questioning what he wants out of life, and confronting his doubts and fears about his future in the new India. In the midst of boisterous parties and furtive dates, shooting expeditions and festive balls, the general turmoil in the country seems a distant irritant. However, trouble lurks around the corner as mysterious characters and events – a dowager with a dark secret, the new collector and his wife who are not quite what they seem, the phantom revolutionary Robin Roy, banners proclaiming ‘Quit India’ and ‘Jai Hind’ which appear inexplicably – cast their shadow on the tranquility of Lakhbagan, threatening to shatter the idyll forever. Brimming the memorable cameos and vignettes, The Year Before Sunset is a witty and perceptive look at India on the eve of independence, in particular its Anglo-Indian community and the issues confronting the community as it comes to terms with the uncertainty about its status in a new and independent nation.
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About the authors

Hugh Gantzer

Hugh Gantzer is seventh- and second-generation Anglo-Indian. He is best known as India’s pioneering travel writer, photographer and maker of travel documentaries for television. He has won a number of national and international awards for his work. He travel for six months every year. When he is not traveling, he lives in his 175-year-old cottage in the oak woods of the Himalayas.

Colleen Gantzer

Colleen Gantzer is seventh- and second-generation Anglo-Indian. He is best known as India’s pioneering travel writer, photographer and maker of travel documentaries for television. He has won a number of national and international awards for his work. He travel for six months every year. When he is not traveling, he lives in his 175-year-old cottage in the oak woods of the Himalayas.

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Title The Year Before Sunset: A Novel
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0143033476
length vi+250p., 20cm.