"Ruins that were marked as signs of moral degradation and occurred at the end of an epoch, now appear as our consistent present. In this city they are not merely the outcomes of natural disasters or man-made cataclysms, but it is an event which we anticipate and look forward to." - Premjish Achari
Ruins is a collection of prose poems that look at the motif of buildings and city-scapes as veritable sites for memory, loss, disaster and rebirth. Written in fragments that mimic the form of these ruins, Monga juxtaposes our built environment with eschatological myth-making. These, however, are not ruins that were marked as signs of moral degradation and occurred at the end of an epoch but rather appear as our consistent present. In this book, we encounter a city that exists alongside its own ruins that has to come to terms with its own decay.
Gaurav Monga is an author originally from New Delhi, India. He taught himself German to read the works of Franz Kafka. His debut book Tears for Rahul Dutta was published by Philistine Press in 2012. He is also the author of Ruins (Desirepaths Publisher, 2019), Family Matters (Eibonvale Press, 2019) and Costumes of the Living (Snuggly Books, 2020).
Much of his writing has appeared in various literary magazines such as: Body Literature, Fanzine, Tammy Journal, Birkensnake, Queen Mob's Teahouse, Juked, Dismantle Magazine, Spurl Editions, The Fabulist, Ethos Literary Journal, Zero Ducats, Danse Macabre, Sein und Werden, and Hardly Doughnuts.