“I am one of you . . . that is why I, and only I,
can be trusted to do what is good for you.”
January 12, 2013. Sachin Lohia, billionaire businessman, has just woken up to a nightmare. A raging fire in his hospital. Over hundred people dead. Journalists demanding answers. And worst of all, the chief minister of West Bengal, the formidable Devi, calling him a murderer.
Hot-headed and stubborn, Devi doesn’t bother with formalities—or facts. Her people are baying for blood, and Sachin is the perfect scapegoat. But will her schemes bring about his downfall or will she be the one to get hurt in this battle of wits?
Seamlessly melding the personal and the political, this is a darkly satirical story of clashing egos, fatal misunderstandings, and dangerous self-deception. Irreverent, incisive, occasionally scabrous, and always bold, The Antagonists shines a light on the murky world of politics.
“An intriguing and inventive political tale . . . vivid, accessible, brisk . . . a highly original novel.”
“A sparkling social satire—its sheer pace, rapid-fire dialogue and brilliant observation evoking the magic of early Evelyn Waugh. Tina Biswas is a novelist of exceptional talents.”Matthew d’Ancona, columnist, The Guardian and The London Evening Standard
“I am so excited to be publishing The Antagonists, a highly readable novel, combining tongue-in-cheek yet astute political commentary with personal drama, and plotted with such finesse that it leaves you in awe.”Pooja Dadwal, Commissioning Editor, Fingerprint! Publishing
“Fingerprint is thrilled to be publishing The Antagonists, a very timely and perceptive novel, brilliantly plotted and completely engaging, which explores the riveting world of West Bengal politics with verve and wit.”Shikha Sabharwal, Publishing Director, Fingerprint! Publishing
Tina Biswas read Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at New College, Oxford, and writes whatever she can, whenever she can.
After her highly praised debut, Dancing With The Two-Headed Tigress, Tina followed up with The Red Road. Her novels have been critically acclaimed in newspapers such as The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Statesman, and The Globe and Mail.
The Antagonists is her third novel.
She lives in London with her husband and young daughter, and is currently working on her fourth novel.