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Narcopolis

Narcopolis

Author(s): Jeet Thayil

Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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If you were to write a story set in Bombay, as the poet Jeet Thayil prefers to call the city now known as Mumbai in his outstanding debut novel, you don’t have to work too hard. Much of it can write itself if you connect the dots of history: a city made of islands reclaimed by the British, a polyglot culture where all of India’s languages, faiths and castes mingle, where the prevailing currency is money and its dreams are told, nay, sung, in those schmaltzy, kitschy Bollywood movies, and which lives on an edge, periodically blown up when terrorists set explosives, but returning to life the next day, resilient and resigned. The Independent

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‘Jeet Thayil’s Bombay is a city dreaming troubled dreams, and NARCOPOLIS will change the way you imagine it.’ –Hari Kunzru

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