Fiction | Independent publishing
Plastic Emotions is Pinto's second novel and is inspired by real-life Sri Lankan architect and feminist Minnette de Silva. Pinto imagines de Silva's life and love affair with the famous Swiss architect Le Corbusier. The novel introduces us to a forgotten twentieth century figure, uncovering her career and fictionalising her life. The narrative shifts perspective, time and location, moving between London, Paris, India and the newly independent Sri Lanka, from the post-war period into the sixties. Architecture, modernism, globalisation, and post-colonialism are key themes and serve as backdrop to the novel's romance plot. It's a thoroughly enjoyable and well-paced novel.