#DesiBooksReco January 2023

***UPDATED WEEKLY***

These are just some of the new and notable books by writers of South Asian origin for the month of January 2023. For a book’s details, click its cover image.

Go to the Desi Books Bookshop (US) or the Desi Books Bookshop (UK) for more ongoing lists. Currently, there isn’t a single location to list books published within South Asia although several are included below. Please contact us here to let us know of upcoming new books by writers of South Asian origin published anywhere in the world.

[Ongoing monthly #DesiBooksReco archive]


January’s fiction is wide-ranging in both genres and styles: award-winning translated works from Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, and Bangla; debut novels; contemporary crime thrillers; historical fiction; coming-of-age stories. January’s notable fiction.

This month’s nonfiction spans continents, countries, and even metaphysical realms with memoirs, history, anthologies, conversations, and meditative travel.

And, in poetry and drama, we have two classics illustrating our long, varied literary traditions: ancient love poetry translated from the Tamil and a historical play translated from the Hindi.

Books are shown in ascending order of title. Please select tag buttons to filter by genre, form, and/or (translated from) language. To clear a selection, click on the “All Tags” button. To read a book’s description, click on a book cover or its title.

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Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor
Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor
Crime/Mystery/Thriller, Fiction, Novel
All Those Who Wander by Kiran Manral
All Those Who Wander by Kiran Manral
Crime/Mystery/Thriller, Fiction, Novel
Anthill by Vinoy Thomas; tr. Nandakumar K.
Anthill by Vinoy Thomas; tr. Nandakumar K.
Fiction, History, Novel, Translation-Malayalam
Bangladesh Anthology edited by Rifat Munim
Bangladesh Anthology edited by Rifat Munim
Anthology, Fiction, Stories, Translation-Bangla
Black Soil by Ponneelan; tr. J. Priyadarshini
Black Soil by Ponneelan; tr. J. Priyadarshini
Fiction, History, Novel, Translation-Tamil
Brotherless Night by V. V. Ganeshananthan
Brotherless Night by V. V. Ganeshananthan
Fiction, History, Novel, Politics
Cobalt Red by Siddharth Kara
Cobalt Red by Siddharth Kara
History, Nonfiction, Politics
Death in Shambles by Stephen Alter
Death in Shambles by Stephen Alter
Crime/Mystery/Thriller, Fiction, Novel
Gandhi's Assassin by Dhirendra K. Jha
Gandhi's Assassin by Dhirendra K. Jha
History, Nonfiction, Politics
High by Erika Fatland; tr. by Kari Dickson
High by Erika Fatland; tr. by Kari Dickson
History, Nonfiction, Translation-Norwegian, Travel
Independence by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Independence by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
History, Fiction, Novel, Politics
Karbala by Premchand; Tr. Nishat Zaidi
Karbala by Premchand; Tr. Nishat Zaidi
Drama, History, Translation-Hindi
Marquez, EMS, Gulam  Others by Benyamin; tr. Swarup B. R.
Marquez, EMS, Gulam Others by Benyamin; tr. Swarup B. R.
Fiction, Stories, Translation-Malayalam
Raw Umber by Sara Rai
Raw Umber by Sara Rai
History, Memoir, Nonfiction
Revolutionaries by Sanjeev Sanyal
Revolutionaries by Sanjeev Sanyal
History, Nonfiction, Politics
Sunny by Sukh Ojla
Sunny by Sukh Ojla
Fiction, Novel
The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff
The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff
Crime/Mystery/Thriller, Fiction, Novel
The Blue Bar by Damyanti Biswas
The Blue Bar by Damyanti Biswas
Crime/Mystery/Thriller, Fiction, Novel
The Book of Indian Queens
The Book of Indian Queens
Anthology, History, Fiction, Nonfiction, Politics
The Great Escape by Saket Soni
The Great Escape by Saket Soni
Nonfiction, Politics, Sociology
The Half Known Life by Pico Iyer
The Half Known Life by Pico Iyer
Essays, Nonfiction, Travel
The Hyderabad Heist by Sharmishtha Shenoy
The Hyderabad Heist by Sharmishtha Shenoy
Crime/Mystery/Thriller, History, Nonfiction

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