The Tusk That Did the Damage
An original, powerfully moving story, by a rising star of contemporary Indian fiction, about an Indian elephant called the Gravedigger, and the devastation he wreaks on a family.
Long-listed for Dylan Thomas Prize 2016.
"Impressive...sharp and unnerving sensibility. James offers a captivating rendering of an animal's point of view, estranging but also legible. Assured and skillful" New York Times Book Review "[An] impressive novel" -- Tishani Doshi Guardian "This gorgeously written novel is unlike anything I've ever read, and unlike anything you've ever read too." Glamour "One of the most unusual and affecting books... a compulsively readable, devastating novel." -- Jonathan Safran Foer "The Tusk That Did the Damage will leave you breathless as you follow three narrators across the wild plains of India. A poacher, a documentary filmmaker, and an elephant called Gravedigger all illuminate the complexities of the country and culture, and you'll be stunned by the author's portrayal of the magnificent, tusked animals central to the character's lives" Time Out New York
Tania James's debut novel Atlas of Unknowns was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian literature. Three stories from her story collection Aerogrammes were finalists for Best American Short Stories 2008 and 2011. From 2011-2012, she was a Fulbright fellow to India living in New Delhi. She now lives in Washington DC.