This extract from the novel "The Year of the Runaways" by Sunjeev Sahota is presented as part of the UK-Russia Year of language and Literature 2016's New writing from the UK: a competition for Russian translators of English
The translation is made by Yulia Kireeva (Saint Petersburg)
Sunjeev Sahota "The Year of the Runaways" (2015)
Publisher: Picador/ Pan Macmillan
Awards: Granta BOB, 2013; The Year of the Runaways shortlisted for Man Booker 2016
Sunjeev Sahota was born in 1981 in Derbyshire.
His debut novel, Ours are the Streets, was called 'nothing short of extraordinary' Observer; 'a moral work of real intelligence and power', The Times. Sunjeev is a Granta's Best of British Novelist 2013. Sahota’s novel The Year of the Runaways is shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Sunjeev also won the Encore Prize 2016 and the Sky Arts Southbank Award.
The Year of the Runaways tells of the bold dreams and daily struggles of an unlikely family thrown together by circumstance.
Thirteen young men live in a house in Sheffield, each in flight from India and in desperate search of a new life. Tarlochan, a former rickshaw driver, will say nothing about his past in Bihar; and Avtar has a secret that binds him to protect the choatic Randeep.
Randeep, in turn, has a visa-wife in a flat on the other side of town: a clever, devout woman whose cupboards are full of her husband's clothes, in case the immigration men surprise her with a call.
Sweeping between India and England, and between childhood and the present day, Sunjeev Sahota's generous, unforgettable novel is – as with Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance – a story of dignity in the face of adversity and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit.