I must admit there is not much biographical information about the author.
Nathacha Appanah is French-Mauritian from a traditional Indian family background (Pathareddy Appanah) and was brought up in Mauritius (I’ll give you some information about Mauritius in another post so hang in there.) In Mauritius she worked on the Le Mauricien and Weekend Scope as a journalist.She came to live in France in 1998. (Source:Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2012. From Literature Resource Center)
A nice interview that she gave to PBS.
A summary of the review from The Jewish Advocate:
“This unusual story is concisely and exquisitely told by Nathacha Appanah, who was herself born in Mauritius in 1973 and lived there until she moved to France in 1998. She is of Indian descent, and her first book considers the arrival of indentured Indian workers in Mauritius. “The Last Brother,” her fourth novel, won several prizes in France, where it was originally published. Geoffrey Strachan, an award-winning translator, has done a fine job of rendering the eloquence of Appanah‘s writing into English as she presents what is essentially a tragic tale, relieved by elements of touching humanity.”
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