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13 Men (Kindle Single) by [Faleiro, Sonia]
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Length: 71 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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When 20 year-old Baby returns from Delhi to West Bengal to care for her ailing mother, the people in her village shun her. Her accent is cosmopolitan, her clothes are too revealing, and "she behaves like she has money now," whisper her fellow Santhals, members of one of India's most insular and historically persecuted tribes. But when Baby falls in love with Khaleque, an outsider and a Muslim, rural gossip explodes into shocking violence, and Baby faces a moment beyond anyone's worst fears. Brutally gang-raped by 13 villagers as punishment for loving the wrong man, Baby has nowhere to turn. Her neighbors deny that the crime happened, and Santhal activists, hardened from centuries of repression, rush to her attackers' defense. With her story suddenly on front pages across India, Baby's search for justice comes into terrible conflict with the fate of her people, sparking a tense fight over the tribal right to self-govern in the world's largest democracy.

With 13 Men, journalist Sonia Faleiro, author of the bestseller Beautiful Thing: Inside The Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars, has written a 21st-century, international heir to In Cold Bloodat once a shocking reconstruction of how an isolated village took brutal revenge on one of its own, and a hard look at the scourge of rape in India. Despite a string of high-profile crimes igniting a national conversation in India about violence against women, reports of rape enrage the public and are then forgotten. Just as Baby's case slipped out of the news, Faleiro traveled to West Bengal, where she conducted dozens of interviews with villagers, politicians, lawyers, activists, and the victim herself. Elegantly written and fearlessly reported, 13 Men investigates one of India's most shocking crimes, taking readers deep into one besieged tribal community in a heart-wrenching, moment-by-moment account of the crime and its aftermath.


“Sonia Faleiro is becoming a genre in doing what so few are able to or want to, in peeling back layers of the truth in a republic where there are few reliable metrics for measuring it.”

—Adrian Levy, co-author, The Siege: Three Days of Terror Inside the Taj

“If you’re marginalized, poor, and a victim, your individuality tends to get lost. The great merit of this powerful essay is that it never does that: despite her ordeal and through it, Baby remains someone."

—Abhijit Banerjee, co-founder, The Abdul Jameel Poverty Action Lab

"13 Men is a remarkable feat of close reporting recounted through a single narrative that is, in equal measures, lyrical and enthralling."

—Eliza Griswold, author, The Tenth Parallel


"[An] intimate and valuable book of literary reportage that will break your heart."

—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

"Reporting at its best."

—Junot Diaz

“A magnificent book of reportage that is also endowed with all the terror and beauty of art.”

—Kiran Desai, author of The Inheritance of Loss

“A small masterpiece of observation.”

—William Dalrymple, author of Nine Lives

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1763 KB
  • Print Length: 71 pages
  • Publisher: Deca Stories, LLC (26 February 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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