Narcopolis: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Apr 12, 2012 - Fiction - 304 pages
36 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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User Review  - Terri Jacobson - Goodreads

This book has been nominated for the Man Asian Literary Prize, and I was expecting a lot from it. The story takes place in Bombay from the late 1970s to the 1990s. Most of the action centers on an ... Read full review

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User Review  - Goodreads

This book has been nominated for the Man Asian Literary Prize, and I was expecting a lot from it. The story takes place in Bombay from the late 1970s to the 1990s. Most of the action centers on an ... 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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