Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya’s heartbreaking and haunting novel, The Watch: A Novel , takes a timeless tragedy and hurls it into present-day Afghanistan. Taking its cues from the Antigone myth, Roy-Bhattacharya recreates the chaos, intensity, and immediacy of battle, and conveys the inevitable repercussions felt by the soldiers, their families, and by one sister.
The result is a gripping tour through the reality of this very contemporary conflict, and our most powerful expression to date of the nature and futility of war.
Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya was educated in politics and philosophy at Presidency College, Calcutta, and the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in the Hudson Valley and will be having an event at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont on Friday night at 7PM.