Ananda Devi (b. 1957) is well-known throughout Europe as the figurehead of Mauritian literature. Her work explores femininity and the experience of alienation within the Indo-Mauritian community, and is characterized by a poetic and lyrical style. Devi won her first literary award at the age of fifteen for a short story submitted to a Radio France Internationale competition. Since then, she has been awarded several literary prizes, including the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie in 2006, the Prix Louis-Guilloux in 2010, and the Prix du Rayonnement in 2014. She studied ethnology and anthropology, completing her doctoral thesis at the School for Oriental and African Studies in London. She has published eight novels and several short stories and works of poetry, many of which have been translated into multiple languages. Eve Out of Her Ruins, her second book to be made available in English, was awarded the CLMP Firecracker Award for Fiction in 2017. Devi was made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 2010.
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With brutal honesty and poetic urgency, Ananda Devi relates the tale of four young Mauritians trapped in their country’s endless cycle of fear and violence: Eve, whose body is her only weapon and source of power; Savita, Eve’s best friend, the only one who loves Eve without self-interest, who has plans to leave but will not go alone; Saadiq, gifted would-be poet, inspired by Rimbaud, in love with Eve; Clélio, belligerent rebel, waiting without hope for his brother to send for him from France.