Narcopolis

By Jeet Thayil
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143123033, 304pp.)

Publication Date: September 26, 2012

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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.



About the Author
Jeet Thayil is the author of four poetry collections, including "These Errors Are Correct" and "English", as well as the editor of "The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets".
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