(From the publisher):
With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers--a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village--will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future.
As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state.
Original title: A Fine Balance
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Ties That Bind→ Friendship
- Awarded the 1995 Giller Prize
- Shortlisted for the 1996 Man Booker Prize for Fiction
- Awarded the 1996 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book
- Shortlisted for the 1997 Irish Times International Fiction Prize
- Awarded the 1996 Los Angeles Times Award for Fiction
- Awarded the Royal Society of Literature's Winifred Holtby Prize
- Shortlisted for the1997 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
- Awarded the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize