"Heat and Dust" is a novel set in two different time periods in India, exploring themes of colonialism, gender roles, and cultural clash. The story alternates between the 1920s, following the scandalous life of Olivia, an English colonial wife who falls in love with an Indian prince, and the 1970s, where her step-granddaughter journeys to India to uncover the truth about Olivia's life and her own identity. The narrative exposes the complexities of love, culture, and identity in the context of British colonial rule and post-colonial India.
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- Man Booker Prize (Man Booker Prize)
- 500 Great Books by Women (Book)
- Harold Bloom's The Western Canon (The Western Canon (Book) by Harold Bloom)
- The Modern Library: The Two Hundred Best Novels in English Since 1950 (The Modern Library (Book))