Lil Bahadur Chettri's novel is a moving example of social realism, and Michael J. Hutt's elegant translation lends a timeless, fable-like tone with a gorgeous rendering of the natural scenery. Publishers Weekly 9/10/07 A moving novel of social realism. Kirkus Reviews 10/1/07 A simple yet thought-provoking tale... A subtle, eye-opening look at Third World mores, and the winnowing of society's weakest links. Booklist 11/15/2007 A real craft product, using patterns and skills honed by history, celebrating our common vision... engrossing, instructive, moving. -- Donald Richie Japan Times 1/6/08 Mountains Painted with Turmeric is a well-captured docudrama. -- Tim Kindseth TIME Asia 1/31/08 A flawless translation... [of] a moving and simple story of a universal family forced to leave home. -- Kunda Dixit Nepali Times 1/18/08 The translation is engaging and accessible. -- Bradley Winterton Taipei Times 5/18/08
About the Author
Lil Bahadur Chettri is an Indian Nepali who lives in the state of Assam in northeast India. He is the author of two additional novels, The Unfulfilled and On the Banks of the Brahmaputra.Michael J. Hutt is professor of Nepali and Himalayan Studies in the Department of the Languages and Cultures of South Asia at the School of African and Oriental Studies in London. He is the author of Modern Literary Nepali: An Introductory Reader and Unbecoming Citizens: Culture, Nationhood, and the Flight of Refugees from Bhutan.