Shortlist For The Man Booker Prize 2012
Narcopolis is a redefinition of the Indian novel, an utterly original, hallucinatory dream that captures the Bombay of the 1970s in all its compelling squalor.
Shuklaji Street, in Old Bombay. In Rashids opium room the air is thick and potent. A beautiful young woman leans to hold along-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.
Shortlisted for the Man Booker PrizeOutside, stray dogs lope inpacks. 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.
About the Author:
Jeet Thayil was born in Kerala, India in 1959 and educated in Hong Kong, New York and Mumbai. He is a performance poet,song writer and guitarist as well as a writer, and has published four collections of poetry. He is the editor of The Bloodaxe Bookof Contemporary Indian Poets (2008). He currently lives in Bangalore.