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Narcopolis

Narcopolis

It's Shuklaji Street, in Old Bombay. In Rashid's opium room the air is thick and potent. A beautiful young woman leans to hold a long-stemmed pipe over a flame, her hair falling across her dark eyes. Around her, men sprawl and mutter in the gloom, each one drifting with his own t... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780571275762
Published 1 February 2012 by Faber and Faber
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Thayil, Jeet

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ISBN-13 9780571275762
ISBN-10 0571275761
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 7-15 working days
Publisher Faber and Faber
Imprint Faber & Faber
Publication Date 1 February 2012
International Publication Date 2 February 2012
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Thayil, Jeet
Category Award Winning
Fiction
Modern Fiction
Interest Age All ages
Reading Age All ages
Library of Congress Bombay (India)
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 22mm
Weight 406g
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 242385

Description of this Book

Wait now, light me up so we do this right, yes, hold me steady to the lamp, hold it, hold, good, a slow pull to start with, to draw the smoke low into the lungs, yes, oh my, and another for the nostrils, and a little something sweet for the mouth, and now we can begin at the beginning...It's Shuklaji Street, in Old Bombay. In Rashid's opium room the air is thick and potent. A beautiful young woman leans to hold a long-stemmed pipe over a flame, her hair falling across her dark eyes. Around her, men sprawl and mutter in the gloom, each one drifting with his own tide. Here, people say that you introduce only your worst enemy to opium. Outside, stray dogs lope in packs. Street vendors hustle. Hookers call for custom through the bars of their cages as their pimps slouch in doorways in the half-light. There is an underworld whisper of a new terror: the Pathar Maar, the stone killer, whose victims are the nameless, invisible poor. There are too many of them to count in this broken city. Narcopolis is a rich, chaotic, hallucinatory dream of a novel that captures the Bombay of the 1970s in all its compelling squalor. With a cast of pimps, pushers, poets, gangsters and eunuchs, it is a journey into a sprawling underworld written in electric and utterly original prose.

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Awards & Reviews

Awards Shortlisted for Man Asian Literary Prize 2012.

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Author's Bio

Jeet Thayil was born in Kerala, India in 1959 andeducated in Hong Kong, New York and Mumbai. He is a performance poet, songwriter and guitarist as well as a writer, and has published four collections of poetry. He is the editor of The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (2008). He currently lives in Bangalore.

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