Set against the brilliantly drawn backdrop of India at the turn of the millennium, The Alchemy of Desire tells the story of a young couple, penniless but gloriously in love. Obsessed with each other, they move from a small town to the big city, where the narrator who dreams of being a writer works feverishly on a novel, stopping only to feed his ceaseless desire for his beautiful wife.But sensing that his writing is specious, the narrator is deeply restless. Seeking refuge, his wife and he buy an abandoned cottage in a mist-shrouded spur of the lower Himalayas. The house is to be a symbol of their love, but things begin to rapidly fall apart. During renovations a chance discovery triggers a strange energy, and the man finds himself irresistibly drawn away from his wife and thrust into another world and time. Into the hole of history. Slowly he begins to uncover dark secrets, until startling truths are laid bare and all certainties are overturned. Soon he is alone, surrounded by the debris of his life and great love, confronting his unwritten magnum opus and the darkness that is threatening to swamp him. From this page: http://www.taruntejpal.com/alchemy_synop.htmlFemina Prize.