The Algebra of Freedom by Raman Mundair
(Aurora Metro, ISBN 978-09551566-6-3)
Tony wishes he could turn the clock back.
Jack knows that what’s done is done.
Parvez can’t believe that Sara is back and this time she seems to have all the answers.
â€œRaman Mundair [is a] daring and worldly writer who flits across genres and forms like they were dancefloor tilesâ€¦ She has staked her claim to Scotlandâ€™s heart, a heart as tender and troubled as her poetry, prose and playwriting. In her stunning, sensual and subtle collection, Loverâ€™s Liars, Conjurers and Thieves, Mundair dances with words, dares and double dares, ram raids the readerâ€™s heart, then does a runner. Later, her lines return like lost lambs in the night, but with the cry of wolves not far behind. A shape-shifter, voice thrower andÂ stealer of breath, she shows that even in a place as cold as this northern outpost language can bubble and brim over.â€
Discovering Scottish Literature – A Contemporary Overview, 2008
â€œThere is a stripped-down elegance pulsing through Mundair’s textâ€
â€œThe Algebra of Freedom is a strong, important playâ€¦ by [a] fast-rising young British playwrightâ€
â€œMundair’s punchy writing isâ€¦a humane analysis of the social pressures that could bear down on any of us and of the difficulty of doing the right thingâ€
â€œ[The Algebra of Freedom] is insightful, neatly structuredâ€¦[and] a respectful meditation on freedom, guilt and forgiveness.â€
â€œ[Her] poemsâ€¦combine honestyâ€¦with precisely turned and unobtrusive language whose rhythms always have a sense of rightness.â€
World Literature Today
â€œYou never get quite what you might expectâ€¦The poems […] are tautly observed, and their conflicts subtly establishedâ€¦[and] are as honest and as compulsively readable as anything in Ted Hughesâ€™ Birthday Letters.â€
The New Shetlander