Pleasure, desire, bondage; intimacy, affection, sheer revelry; fear, uncertainty, discomfort – the myriad expressions of the erotic are revealed in Close, Too Close: The Tranquebar Book of Queer Erotica, the first South Asian anthology of its sort. In this path-breaking entry into both the queer literature and erotica genres, fifteen writers and artists from across the subcontinent (and beyond) freely explore the illimitable possibilities of genders and sexualities constantly present all around us. In the pages of this book, on a crowded bus ride, over a cozy bowl of rajma-chawal, amidst the bustle of a swanky pool’s changing room, in the familiar embraces of city flats, bungalows and teacher-training hostels, friends (or chance-met strangers) turn lovers; ideas of ‘man’ and ‘woman’ take different meaning(s); the world reveals its queerness.
Intimate, thrilling, moving, sometimes even puzzling, but always intriguing, the stories in this anthology bring both the erotic and the queer closer than ever before.
If a touch speaks volumes, then this is an anthology that is bound to touch you in different ways. Like all good erotica, it reveals the many shades of the human heart and mind by being beautifully honest about the body we all share.
Tabish Khair, author of How to Fight Islamist
Terror from the Missionary Position. An extravagant mosaic of unashamed pleasures and pleasuring, Close, Too Close dares readers to consider the contours of their own desires.
Ashwini Sukthankar, editor of Facing the Mirror: Lesbian Writing from India
Close, Too Close is a delicatessen of forbidden goodies [...] a must-read book for anyone with a libido.
Ruchir Joshi, editor of Electric Feather: The Tranquebar Book of Erotic Stories
Anita Roy, writer and critic