Title: The Disappearances
Author: Vijay Seshadri
Next on the list of best mysteries of India is this brilliant book.
A haunting exploration of loss and dissociation, intricately woven within the backdrop of American tragedies, including the JFK assassination and the aftermath of 9/11, Seshadri’s book is as mysterious as it is glum. Through calculated language devoid of emotional adornment, the poems create a stark portrayal of societal desensitization, mirroring contemporary crisis reporting.
The second-person narrative is a reminder of the narrator’s presence, highlighting the need to bridge the gap between the self and the witnessed events. The book looks into the intricacies of human consciousness and self-identity amidst turmoil and prompts contemplation of your own existential perceptions.
By transcending specific historical references and embracing universal themes, The Disappearances becomes a meditation on the human experience. Seshadri’s manipulation of language and thematic exploration establishes the poem as a timeless reflection on the nature of witnessing tragedy and the importance of contextual understanding.
A sequel can share thematic commonalities with this book through journalistic poetry, for the lack of a better word. Like The Disappearances, it can look at human experience from a neutral perspective, displaying humanity in all its shades and colors.
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