Tales from Firozsha Baag

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Faber & Faber, Nov 20, 2008 - Fiction - 320 pages
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In these eleven intersecting stories, Rohinton Mistry reveals the rich, complex patterns of life inside a Bombay apartment building. The occupants - from Jaakaylee, the ghost-seer, through Najami, the only owner of a refrigerator in Firozsha Baag, to Rustomji the Curmudgeon and Kersi, the boy whose life threads through the book - all express, knowingly or unknowingly, the tensions between the past and the present, between the old world and the new.

Compassionate and extremely funny, Tales from Firozsha Baag illuminates the meaning of change through the brilliantly textured mosaic of seemingly ordinary lives.

'Mistry's joyful notation of the world reminds us that description is one of fiction's first and gravest tasks.' Guardian

'A fine collection . . . the volume is informed by a tone of gentle compassion for seemingly insignificant lives.' New York Times

 

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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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