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.

Read the rest of this article by purchasing a subscription to ABR Online, or subscribe to the print edition to receive access to ABR Online free of charge.

If you are a single issue subscriber you will need to upgrade your subscription to view back issues.

If you are already subscribed, click here to log in.

Published in May 2016, no. 381
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.

Leave a comment

Please note that all comments must be approved by ABR and comply with our Terms & Conditions.

NB: If you are an ABR Online subscriber or contributor, you will need to login to ABR Online in order to post a comment. If you have forgotten your login details, or if you receive an error message when trying to submit your comment, please email your comment (and the name of the article to which it relates) to We will review your comment and, subject to approval, we will post it under your name.