To the world he is Sri Ramakrishna - godly avatar, esteemed spiritual master, beloved guru.
To Rani Rashmoni, he is the Brahmin fated to defy tradition.
But to Hriday, his nephew and long-time caretaker, he is just Uncle - maddening, bewildering Uncle, prone to entering trances at the most inconvenient of times, known to perform dangerous acts of self-effacement, who must be vigilantly safeguarded not only against jealous enemies but also against that most treasured yet insidious of sulphur-rich vegetables: the cauliflower. Rather than puzzling the shards of history and legend together, Barker shatters the mirror again and rearranges the pieces.
The result is a biographical novel viewed through a kaleidoscope.
Dazzlingly inventive and brilliantly comic, irreverent and mischievous, The Cauliflower (R) delivers us into the divine playfulness of `one of the most exhilarating, audacious, and . . . ballsy writers of her generation' (Observer).
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 21/04/2016
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781785150661