Vishnu lies dying on the staircase he inhabits while his neighbors argue over who will pay for an ambulance. Suffused with Hindu mythology, this story of one apartment building becomes a metaphor for the social and religious divisions of contemporary India, and Vishnu's ascent of the staircase parallels the soul's progress through the various stages of existence.
Nasr, a young man with a professional and social life in NewYork, prepares for the arranged marriage he hopes will appease his Canadian Indian Muslim family, but begins to have doubts that this will lead to true happiness.
The 1947 Partition of India is the backdrop for this powerful novel, narrated by a precocious child who describes the brutal transition with chilling veracity. Previously published as: Ice-candy-man.
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Comic masterpiece from contemporary India. Agastya Sen, known to friends by the English name August, is a child of the Indian elite. His friends go to Yale and Harvard. August himself has just landed a prize government job. The job takes him to Madna, the hottest town in India; deep in the sticks.
Combining Indian myths, epic history, and the story of three college kids in search of America, a narrative includes the monkey's story of an Indian poet and warrior and an American road novel of college students driving cross-country.
In these three short novels--Freedom Song, Afternoon Raag, andA Strange and Sublime Address Chaudhuri illuminates the surprisingly nuanced intimate worlds of middle-class Indian men, women, and children.
Survey of contemporary fictions of South Asia in English, and commissioned chapters on each of the national traditions. It covers less well known writings from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as well as the more firmly established canon of contemporary Indian literature, and features chapters on important new and emergent forms such as the graphic novel, genre fiction and the short story.
On the day of Barack Obama's inauguration, an enigmatic billionaire from foreign shores takes up residence in the architectural jewel of "the Gardens," a cloistered community in New York's Greenwich Village. The neighborhood is a bubble within a bubble, and the residents are immediately intrigued by the eccentric newcomer and his family.
Two babies, born at the stroke of midnight os India’s independence from Britain, are switched at birth. They share a mystical bond with India's 1,000 other "midnight's children," born at that fateful time. Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time
One of the most controversial and acclaimed novels ever written. The story begins with a terrorist bombing of a London-bound jet in midflight. Two Indian actors of opposing sensibilities fall to earth, transformed into living symbols of what is angelic and evil.
A down-to-earth gardener finds that his feet no longer touch the ground. A graphic novelist awakens in his bedroom to a mysterious entity. Abandoned at the mayor's office, a baby identifies corruption with her mere presence. Unbeknownst to them, they are all descended from the whimsical, capricious, wanton creatures known as the jinn, who live in a world separated from ours by a veil.
Non-fiction. On February 14, 1989, Valentine's Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been "sentenced to death" by the Ayatollah Khomeini for writing The Satanic Verses,
After drinking an elixir that bestows immortality upon him, a young Indian named Flapping Eagle spends the next seven hundred years sailing the seas with the blessing and ultimately the burden of living forever.
The essays, speeches, and opinion pieces, covers Rushdie’s fascination with The Wizard of Oz, his obsession with soccer, the state of the novel, and delves into his unique personal experience fighting the Iranian fatwa, he addresses the subject of militant Islam in a series of challenging and deeply felt responses to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The book ends with a lecture Rushdie delivered at Yale in the spring of 2002, which has never been published before.