Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture by Gaiutra Bahadur is published by C Hurst and Co priced £ It is available from the Guardian. In , a young woman sailed from India to Guiana as a “coolie”—the British name for indentured laborers who replaced the newly emancipated slaves on. Coolie Woman. The Odyssey of Indenture. Gaiutra Bahadur. SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE ‘A genealogical page-turner interwoven with a.

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As Bahadur explains, however, it is precisely their sexuality that makes coolie women stand out as figures in history. Nov 13, Ming rated it really liked it. Jan 28, Felecia Stuart ths it really liked it Shelves: How could I write about women whose very existence the official sources barely acknowledged?

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Show 25 25 50 All. A remarkable project of important historical research. Perhaps, this is not very sad at all, her efforts are rewarded with an invaluable insight into not only a system of bondage, but the imdenture entangled within it.

Pregnant and traveling alone, this woman, like so many coolies, disappeared into history. Retrieved indenrure November Bahadur, I now have more insight to the life my ancestors most likely lived. Dec 02, Krissy rated it really liked it.

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It is a riveting read and if anyone was compelled to trace their family history, this will be a hard act to follow. It shows, with understated literary power, the bitterly paradoxical nature of colonial modernity: Disparaged as fallen, many were runaways, widows or outcasts, and many migrated alone.


Life is changed in the form unimaginable in India. The Hurst Publishers website uses cookies and other tracking technologies e. Want to Read saving…. Arguably it raises more questions than it could have possibly hoped to answer – but that, in my indenturee is the point of history – to start and continue the conversation. Archived from the original on 9 January From colonialism to labour in India, immigrant narratives to the hidden lives of women, Ms Bahadur excavates a rich and unforgettable set of stories that will permanently change our view of the past.

In Coolie Woman –shortlisted for the Orwell Prize–her great-granddaughter Gaiutra Bahadur embarks on a journey into the past to find her. Aug 24, arafat rated it it was amazing Shelves: Adam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains. About Contact News Giving to the Press. Nov 09, Antonia Mohamed rated it it was ok.

So many things aoman The amount of painstaking effort, patience and perseverance that must have gone into writing this book are mind boggling. I found this book to be thought provoking and highly recommend it. Gaiutra was born in Guyana and emigrated with her family to Jersey City, New Jersey when odysxey was six years old.

The narrative is a multi-layered exploration of exile, colonialism, gender dynamics in a world of mercilessly skewed gender ratios, the ensuing jealousies and violence against women spoiled for choice of sexual partners and the forging of a new community identity shaped in equal parts by what has 4.

Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture

Gaiutra Bahadur is an American journalist and book critic who writes frequently about the culture and politics of global migration. I was calling on my own inxenture in two ways, both as a former newspaper reporter and as a child immigrant: Where a culture of domestic abuse, alcoholism and dysfunctional sexual relations became common.


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The story of these incredibly strong and brave women need to be told and Badahur does so expertly. Teju Cole, author of Open City.

Coolie Woman

Her search provides an interesting, if somewhat sad, glimpse into the past as she tries colie give a voice to the many voiceless coolie women. Through the story of Sheojari, Bahadur shows how. Library Locations and Hours. A woman deserted by her husband?

But it also shows that in that messy complexity there is, then as now, resilience, innovation, renewal and courage. Kudos to the writer for having done cooie outstanding job at bringing to life the heart wrenching story of the coolies. This book has won prizes for a reason—I would say you should read it. An excellent piece of reading especially of a period of Caribbean history which seems to have taken on a HIStory part and unspoken her-story remains silent.

And along the way, we catch glimpses of the sordid world of servitude and suffering on the colonial plantations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries across the world. Gaiutra studied literature at Yale and journalism at Columbia and was a Nieman Odysssey at Harvard.