Fiction. Asian & Asian American Studies. Professor Nada Marjanovic has spent more than twenty years translating an obscure Sanskrit text on the vetala, a parasitic, vampire-like being that possesses the bodies of his victims. When her mentor and collaborator in the Indian city of Pune dies, she finds herself face-to-face with the undead that the text describes, an evil which long ago killed her lover—and set her on the path of an obsessive scholarly revenge.
"THE VETALA is a fiendishly entertaining book in which a deep knowledge of South Asian lore and literature serves a lusciously horrifying evocation of a macabre and eerie India in which human love provides the only promise of possible redemption from a terror that persists across centuries of transmigrating spirits."—Lee Siegel
Phillip Ernest's books of fiction include THE FAR HIMALAYA (Linda Leith Publishing, 2019) and THE VETALA (Linda Leith Publishing, 2018). Born in 1970, Phillip Ernest grew up in Northern Ontario. Fleeing home at the age of fifteen, he lived on Toronto's skid row until he was twenty-eight. He learned Sanskrit from the book Teach Yourself Sanskrit, later earning a BA in South Asian Studies from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Sanskrit from Cambridge University, with a dissertation on the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata. Marrying a woman from Pune, India in 2006, he lived in that city until 2016, working first in the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, then as a writer and editor at Dilip Oak Academy. He lives with his wife in Bengaluru, India.Author City: BENGALURU IND