Narcopolis: A Novel

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Penguin, Apr 12, 2012 - Fiction - 304 pages
21 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  - freelancer_frank - LibraryThing

This is a book about corruption. It reads like an opium dream with stories sliding over each other, vivid and hungry language and occasional moments of stark lucidity. The effect is carefully deployed ... Read full review

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User Review  - A_Reader_of_Fictions - LibraryThing

That Narcopolis is not like the average work of fiction becomes apparent almost immediately. The book opens with a prologue consisting of only one sentence. A seven page sentence. The prologue was ... Read full review

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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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