This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart – A Memoir in Halves
English | N/A pages | Publisher: McClelland & Stewart | Author: Madhur Anand | 2020 | epub | 17.89 MB
An experimental memoir about Partition, immigration, and generational storytelling that weaves together the poetry of memory with the science of embodied trauma using the imagined voices of the past and the vital authority of the present.
We begin before the red line is drawn across Punjab, with a man off balance: one in one thousand, the only child in town whose polio leads to partial paralysis. We meet his future wife, on the wrong side of the red line that has now been drawn, chanting Hey Rams for Gandhiji and choosing education over marriage. On one side of the line that divides this book, we follow them as their homeland splits in two and they are drawn together, moving to Canada and raising their children in mining towns, on Indigenous reservations, in crowded city apartments. And when we turn the book over, we find the daughter’s tale-we see how the rupture of Partition, the asymmetry of a father’s leg, the virus of a mother’s rage, makes its way to the next…