A Fine Balance

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Faber & Faber, Nov 20, 2008 - Fiction - 624 pages
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Set in the mid-1970s in India, A Fine Balance tells the story of four unlikely people whose lives come together during a time of political turmoil soon after the government declares a 'State of Internal Emergency'. Through days of bleakness and hope, their circumstances - and their fates - become inextricably linked in ways no one could have foreseen.

Written with compassion, humour and insight, A Fine Balance is a vivid, richly textured and powerful novel by one of the most gifted writers of our time.

'A masterpiece of illumination and grace. Like all great fiction, it transforms our understanding of life.' Guardian

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Gorgeous Writing, Similar to Rushdie

User Review  - MelyssaM - Borders

Rohinton Mistry's writing is similar to that of Salman Rushdie, but more accessible. This story is sad but poignant, the characters are dynamic and well developed. If you are not interested in India ... Read full review


User Review  - sunshineindia - Overstock.com

This is like the best book ever. I was so deeply touched and moved its hard to describe. Like the previous reviewer said this book will linger in you mind and heart for long. I am reading it again! Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Rohinton Mistry is the author of a collection of short stories, Tales from Firozsha Baag (1987), and three novels that were all shortlisted for the Booker Prize: Such a Long Journey (1991), A Fine Balance (1996), and Family Matters (2002). His fiction has won, among other awards, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book (twice), The Los Angeles Times Award, The Giller Prize, The Governor-General's Award, and the Royal Society of Literature's Winifred Holtby Award. In translation, his work has been published in over twenty-five languages.

Born in Bombay, Rohinton Mistry has lived in Canada since 1975.

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