Author: Visram Bedekar
Publisher: Popular Prakashan
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8171545432
Set against the backdrop of the impending Second World War, aboard the S.S. Vesuvius on its journey from Genoa to Shanghai., this novel is on the surface a simple love story of Hertha and Chakrachar.
Hertha, a Jewish refugee, exiled from Nazi Germany.
Chakradhar, a disillusioned Indian returning to the safety of his homeland.
The Jews have lost their very identity.
The Indians reeling under varied loyalties; based on language, region and religion.
Conflicts rise to the surface: between nationalities – Germany and British India; amongst the Indians themselves; between the Jews, and the Indians – Hindus, Muslims and Christians.
As external forces and the soul’s passions wreak havoc on the lives of many in this floating microcosm of humanity, the novel raises important questions: about identity, nationality, morality…..