Ashvamedha: The Game of Power by Aparna Sinha tells the dark side of power and the combination of politics in an intense and overwhelming story in the background of the restless scenery of Indian society, with too many shadows, which is an essential element of the architecture of the novel.
Everything revolves, since the beginning, around Ashwin Jamwal, who steps up to take pledge as the youngest Prime Minister of India and is unwittingly thrown into a whirlpool of authority and power, as the whole planet is endangered by a mysterious adversary, Hades.
Little does Ashwin know that the last twenty-five years of his life have been inhibited by a master manipulator, who sought to create him as the most powerful chap on earth, although for a reason. The journey is full of obstacles and difficulties, and luck will not always be on his side. When the planet starts to look up to Ashwin as the saviour, he grasps that he was just a pawn, reared only to be sacrificed in the end.
The book focuses and raises all the ambiguities, blind spots and the reprehensible consciousness as a metaphor of a society submissive to the dictates of taste. At the centre stage, there we are, faced with conniving characters and the paradoxical compromises that they have to make made in an ecumenism of the alleged well-being, in the same cheerful banquet to which no one seems prepared to give up.
This novel gives us an individual who is looking for new solutions, new compromises, who is still fragile and tortuous. To enliven the painting, however, must be an example, Ashwin, a guy who seems predestined to a life balanced between bourgeoisie and the common good and represent the drama of his destiny in a chasm in the top.
Like a diary that runs through, the book summarizes the characters, places and experiences that regular readers will know, but introduces new characters, who are, able to shift the balances, display the trauma, and offer a chance of salvation at the end. The characters rather face their own obsessions.
The voltage does not drop the style that is on every single page, as the reader will recognize the intensity of a narrative in a particularly dense book of meanings, especially if we consider the moral degradation and not that we are experiencing in our time, in which everything seems obvious, and it all seems due.
It is in the uncertainty of the individual in front of the facts that the mechanism of the book is built in an effective narrative as the voltage peaks steeped in events and the book wins, but gradually. The narrative becomes addictive because it is divided into readable chapters and is also for the ability of the author.
The author in fact aims to redefine the narrative in an original way, in the intertwining of different disciplinary perspectives which can not be reduced, however, the semantic field of political games.
We need to return to believe in something. We need to return to fight for something. What remains in the hidden shadows is perhaps merely theoretical and is as if there were people at the time with individuals inside the car of a society in turmoil. The author's intention seems to be precisely this to paint a portrait of ordinary people intertwined with the events in the big picture.
Publisher: Srishti Publishers ○ Published: 1 September 2016 ○ ISBN-13: 978-9382665762 ○ Language: English ○ Binding: Paperback ○ Pages: 224