Narcopolis: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Apr 12, 2012 - Fiction - 304 pages
53 Reviews
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
 
Written in poetic and affecting prose, Jeet Thayil's luminous debut novel charts the evolution of a great and broken metropolis across three decades. A rich, hallucinatory dream that captures Bombay in all its compelling squalor, Narcopolis completely subverts and challenges the literary traditions for which the Indian novel is celebrated. It is a book about drugs, sex, death, perversion, addiction, love, and God and has more in common in its subject matter with the work of William S. Burroughs or Baudelaire than with that of the subcontinent's familiar literary lights. Above all, it is a fantastical portrait of a beautiful and damned generation in a nation about to sell its soul.



  

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The prose was very good, surreal and enjoyable. - Goodreads
Alas, a good writer is not always a good storyteller. - Goodreads
I really enjoyed Jeet Thayil's prose. - Goodreads
The prose is free flowing and all-out brilliant. - Goodreads
The writing can only hold your attention for so long. - Goodreads
Thank you Jeet Thayil for writing this masterpiece. - Goodreads

A different Bombay through the author's pen!

User Review  - Mohammed Gorya... - Flipkart

Never was Bombay portrayed like it has been in Narcopolis maybe because we were more inclined or exposed to the Bollywood part of it. What is more interesting is that the introduction is of seven ... Read full review

Amazing and Brute in detail

User Review  - A. Syed Sameer - Flipkart

It is one the books that has an explicit and brute to the face language. Giving an glimpse of the dark side of the maximum city through the eyes of a transgender Dimple. The whole narrative is opium-coated for the raw effect on the reader. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Jeet Thayil is the author of four poetry collections, including These Errors Are Correct and English and is the editor of The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets. As a musician and songwriter, he is one-half of the contemporary music project Sridhar/Thayil. He lives in Delhi, India.

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