Fiona Dorrell reviews 'The Burning Elephant' by Christopher Raja

The Burning Elephant

by Christopher Raja

Giramondo $19.95 pb, 192 pp, 9781922146922

Set during the lead-up to the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards in 1984, The Burning Elephant is coloured by political eruptions. Through the eyes of young Govinda, a story unfolds about discord within a marriage, sectarian violence, and the anticipation of a family preparing to emigrate to Australia.

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Fiona Dorrell

Fiona Dorrell

Fiona Dorrell works for the Northern Territory Writers' Centre and its associated writers' festivals, Wordstorm – Darwin and Eye of the Storm – Alice Springs. Her writing has been published in Voiceworks, shortlisted for the 2014 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction and highly commended in the 2014 John Marsden & Hachette Prize Poetry Prize. She has edited for Voiceworks and is on the reading team for Overland.

Published in May 2016, no. 381

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