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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.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Takes you on an adventurous trip to India and Asia, with detailed descriptions of the under world, drug induced, with themes of the ungodly. The genre comparisons of Burroughs and Kerouac are overstated, as those novelist entice you into the world of drugs and experiences. This is more of a say no to drugs, direct slap in the face to capture your attention. Well written but left disappointed as the expectation was much more than what he could deliver.