The 'The Alchemy of Desire' is a fictional tale about a married couple and their relationship. This couple explores love and sexual desire, and it grows stronger and stronger as the story proceeds. Written by Tarun J. Tejpal, the novel has been translated into a number of languages. It has also won the Le Prix Mille Pages award and got nominated for France's Prix Femina.
Plot Of The Story
The husband is a prolific writer who is struggling to complete his first breakthrough novel. The only reason he gets out of his writing mode is when he has to appease his wife. They both are passionate about their love, especially sex. Their obsession for each other is too strong and thus they buy a forsaken cottage to celebrate their love and make the cottage a symbol of their desire for each other. They restore the cottage on the foothills of the Himalayas. As the husband gets his hands on repairing the cottage, he finds a diary that belongs to the previous owner. The owner happens to be a prolific American author by the name Catherine. She is glamorous by looks and intense by her intelligence. He starts reading the diary, and he gets engrossed by the life story and the affairs that Catherine has had. The passion and devotion has drawn the husband to the world of Catherine. This sudden change in his preference has a profound impact on his relationship with his wife. As he develops his desire to be with Catherine, someone he has never met, the story gives rise to various turns and unexpected events.
About The Author
Tarun J. Tejpal is the editor-in-chief of Tehelka, and an eminent journalist and writer. He has three novels to his credit, two of them are 'Story of my Assassins' and 'The Valley of Masks'. The Business Week has also listed him on 'India's 50 Most Powerful People' in 2009. You can order online for the paperback edition of the book published by Picador with the ISBN-10 number of 0330435558 and the ISBN-13 number of 9780330435550.
A fictional tale about a married couple and their relationship
Winner of Le Prix Mille Pages award
Written by Tarun J. Tejpal, chief editor of Tehelka
A couple exploring their love and sexual desire
Nominated for France's Prix Femina