Between the Assassinations

Free Press #ad - It's on india's southwestern coast, bounded by the Arabian Sea to the west and the Kaliamma River to the south and east. George d'souza, elevates himself to gardener and then chauffeur to the lovely, a mosquito-repellent sprayer, young Mrs. A childless couple takes refuge in a rapidly diminishing forest on the outskirts of town, feeding a group of "intimates" who visit only to mock them.

Welcome to Kittur, India. And if the characters in between the assassinations are any indication, the up-and-coming and the downtrodden, Kittur is an extraordinary crossroads of the brightest minds and the poorest morals, and the poets and the prophets of an India that modern literature has rarely addressed.

Between the Assassinations #ad - A little girl's first act of love for her father is to beg on the street for money to support his drug habit. A twelve-year-old boy named ziauddin, a gofer at a tea shop near the railway station, is enticed into wrongdoing because a fair-skinned stranger treats him with dignity and warmth. Of its 193, 432 residents, only 89 declare themselves to be without religion or caste.

It's blessed with rich soil and scenic beauty, and it's been around for centuries. Between the assassinations showcases the most beloved aspects of adiga's writing to brilliant effect: the class struggle rendered personal; the fury of the underdog and the fire of the iconoclast; and the prodigiously ambitious narrative talent that has earned Adiga acclaim around the world and comparisons to Gogol, Ellison, Kipling, and Palahniuk.

A privileged schoolboy, using his own ties to the Kittur underworld, sets off an explosive in a Jesuit-school classroom in protest against casteism. A factory owner is forced to choose between buying into underworld economics and blinding his staff or closing up shop.


Last Man in Tower Vintage International

Vintage #ad - From the booker prize–winning author of The White Tiger, a stunning novel of greed and murder in contemporary Mumbai. Here is a richly told, suspense-fueled story of ordinary people pushed to their limits in a place that knows none: the new India as only Aravind Adiga could explore—and expose—it. They can’t believe their good fortune.

Except, for masterji, that is, who refuses to abandon the building he has long called home. At the heart of this novel are two equally compelling men, poised for a showdown. Larger-than-life Shah is a dangerous man to refuse. Shah offers a generous buyout to Masterji and his neighbors in a once respectable, now crumbling apartment building on whose site Shah’s high-rise would be built.

Last Man in Tower Vintage International #ad - But he meets his match in retired schoolteacher Masterji. As the demolition deadline looms, desires mount; neighbors become enemies, and acquaintances turn into conspirators who risk losing their humanity to score their payday. Real estate developer dharmen Shah rose from nothing to create an empire and hopes to seal his legacy with a luxury building named the Shanghai.


Selection Day: A Novel

Scribner #ad - He knows that he fears and resents his domineering and cricket-obsessed father, admires his brilliantly talented sibling, and is fascinated by curious scientific facts and the world of CSI. But there are many things, about himself and about the world, that he doesn’t know. Filled with unforgettable characters from across india’s social strata—the old scout everyone calls Tommy Sir; Anand Mehta, beautiful girl and the boys’ biggest fan—Selection Day “brings a family, the big-dreaming investor; Sofia, a city, a wealthy, and an entire country to scabrous and antic life” Chicago Tribune.

From the bestselling, booker prize-winning author of the White Tiger and Amnesty, raised by their crazy, a “ferociously brilliant” Slate novel about two brothers coming of age in a Mumbai slum, obsessive father to be cricket champions. Sometimes it even seems as though everyone has a clear idea of who Manju should be, except Manju himself.

Selection Day: A Novel #ad - . He knows he is good at cricket—if not as good as his older brother, Radha. A netflix original series * an npr best book of the year * a new york times and washington post notable bookmanjunath Kumar is fourteen and living in a slum in Mumbai. When manju meets radha’s great rival, everything in manju’s world begins to change, a mysterious Muslim boy privileged and confident in all the ways Manju is not, and he is faced by decisions that will challenge his sense of self and of the world around him.


The White Tiger: A Novel

Free Press #ad - Recalling the death of vishnu and bangkok 8 in ambition, scope, The White Tiger is narrative genius with a mischief and personality all its own. The stunning booker prize–winning novel from the author of amnesty and Selection Day that critics have likened to Richard Wright’s Native Son, The White Tiger follows a darkly comic Bangalore driver through the poverty and corruption of modern India’s caste society.

On the occasion of the president of china’s impending trip to Bangalore, Balram writes a letter to him describing his transformation and his experience as driver and servant to a wealthy Indian family, which he thinks exemplifies the contradictions and complications of Indian society. This is the authentic voice of the Third World, like you've never heard it before” John Burdett, Bangkok 8.

The White Tiger: A Novel #ad - The white tiger of this novel is balram Halwai, a poor Indian villager whose great ambition leads him to the zenith of Indian business culture, the world of the Bangalore entrepreneur. Amoral, deeply endearing, and utterly contemporary, this novel is an international publishing sensation—and a startling, irreverent, provocative debut.


China in Ten Words

Anchor #ad - From one of china’s most acclaimed writers, his first work of nonfiction to appear in English: a unique, intimate look at the Chinese experience over the last several decades, told through personal stories and astute analysis that sharply illuminate the country’s meteoric economic and social transformation.

Framed by ten phrases common in the chinese vernacular—“people, ” “copycat, ” “reading, ” “writing, “disparity, ” “lu Xun” one of the most influential Chinese writers of the twentieth century, ” “leader, ” “grassroots, ” “revolution, ” and “bamboozle”—China in Ten Words reveals as never before the world’s most populous yet oft-misunderstood nation.

China in Ten Words #ad - And in “bamboozle, he suggests, and chicanery that are, ” he describes the increasingly brazen practices of trickery, fraud, becoming a way of life at every level of society. Characterized by yu hua’s trademark wit, china in ten words is a refreshingly candid vision of the “Chinese miracle” and all its consequences, insight, and courage, from the singularly invaluable perspective of a writer living in China today.

In “disparity, ” for example, Yu Hua illustrates the mind-boggling economic gaps that separate citizens of the country. In “copycat, ” he depicts the escalating trend of piracy and imitation as a creative new form of revolutionary action.


Born on a Tuesday: A Novel

Black Cat #ad - A nigerian bildungsroman featuring Dantala, a street kid thrust calamitously into the arms of a gentle sheikh, who thereafter faces Islamic extremism. O, the oprah magazine, “10 titles to pick up now”  winner of the 2017 betty trask prizea finalist for the nigeria prize for literatureNominated for 2017 Hurston/Wright Legacy AwardAn Indies Introduce SelectionAn Amazon Best Book of the Month in Literature & FictionLonglisted for the 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature   In far northwestern Nigeria, Dantala lives among a gang of street boys who sleep under a kuka tree.

An ambitious book that tackles modern nigeria’s extremely complex religious landscape with great insight, passion, and humor by taking us deep into the mental and emotional space of the country’s most neglected. Uzodinma iweala, author of Beasts of No Nation. During the election, the boys are paid by the Small Party to cause trouble.

Born on a Tuesday: A Novel #ad - When bloodshed erupts in the city around him, Dantala must decide what kind of Muslim—and what kind of man—he wants to be. With his quick aptitude and modest nature, Dantala becomes a favored apprentice to the mosque’s sheikh. When their attempt to burn down the opposition’s local headquarters ends in disaster, Dantala must run for his life, leaving his best friend behind.

Before long, he is faced with a terrible conflict of loyalties, as one of the sheikh’s closest advisors begins to raise his own radical movement. He makes his way to a mosque that provides him with food, shelter, and guidance.


Every Day Is for the Thief: Fiction

Random House #ad - Like alfred kazin, Joseph Mitchell, J. G. In a city dense with story, the unnamed narrator moves through a mosaic of life, hoping to find inspiration for his own. You’ve never read a book like Every Day Is for the Thief because no one writes like Teju Cole. Praise for every day is for the Thief“A luminous rumination on storytelling and place, exile and return.

Fifteen years is a long time to be away from home. Coetzee, and W. Sebald with whom he is often compared, Cole adds to the literature in his own zeitgeisty fashion. The boston Globe. A young nigerian living in new York City goes home to Lagos for a short visit, finding a city both familiar and strange. Extraordinary.

Every Day Is for the Thief: Fiction #ad - San francisco chronicle “cole is following in a long tradition of writerly walkers who, in the tradition of Baudelaire, make their way through urban spaces on foot and take their time doing so. It feels longer still because I left under a cloud. Along the way, and extended family, taps into the energies of Lagos life—creative, a former girlfriend, malevolent, the man reconnects with old friends, ambiguous—and slowly begins to reconcile the profound changes that have taken place in his country and the truth about himself.

In spare, precise prose that sees humanity everywhere, interwoven with original photos by the author, Every Day Is for the Thief—originally published in Nigeria in 2007—is a wholly original work of fiction. He witnesses the “yahoo yahoo” diligently perpetrating email frauds from an Internet café, longs after a mysterious woman reading on a public bus who disembarks and disappears into a bookless crowd, and recalls the tragic fate of an eleven-year-old boy accused of stealing at a local market.


Amnesty: A Novel

Scribner #ad - Suddenly danny is confronted with a choice: come forward with his knowledge about the crime and risk being deported? Or say nothing, often absurd reality of living invisibly and undocumented, his dreams for the future, and the unpredictable, and let justice go undone? Over the course of this day, evaluating the weight of his past, he must wrestle with his conscience and decide if a person without rights still has responsibilities.

The deed was done with a knife, at a creek he’d been to with her before; and a jacket was left at the scene, which he believes belongs to another of his clients—a doctor with whom Danny knows the woman was having an affair. Working as a cleaner, living out of a grocery storeroom, for three years he’s been trying to create a new identity for himself.

And now, with his beloved vegan girlfriend, Sonja, with his hidden accent and highlights in his hair, he is as close as he has ever come to living a normal life. A riveting, suspenseful, and exuberant novel from the bestselling, Man Booker Prize–winning author of The White Tiger and Selection Day about a young illegal immigrant who must decide whether to report crucial information about a murder—and thereby risk deportation.

Amnesty: A Novel #ad - Danny—formerly dhananjaya rajaratnam—is an illegal immigrant in Sydney, Australia, denied refugee status after he fled from Sri Lanka. Propulsive, and full of aravind adiga’s signature wit and magic, insightful, Amnesty is both a timeless moral struggle and a universal story with particular urgency today.

But then one morning, Danny learns a female client of his has been murdered.


A Fine Balance Vintage International

Vintage #ad - The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a state of emergency, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, in whose upheavals four strangers--a spirited widow, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village--will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future.

As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state. The time is 1975. With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India.


Sacred Games: A Novel P.S.

HarperCollins e-books #ad - Drawing inspiration from the classics of nineteenth-century fiction, Bollywood movies and Chandra's own life and research on the streets of Mumbai, mystery novels, Sacred Games evokes with devastating realism the way we live now but resonates with the intelligence and emotional depth of the best of literature.

When sartaj gets an anonymous tip-off as to the secret hide-out of the legendary boss of G-Company, he's determined that he'll be the one to collect the prize. Vikram chandra's novel draws the reader deep into the life of Inspector Sartaj Singh—and into the criminal underworld of Ganesh Gaitonde, the most wanted gangster in India.

Sartaj, one of the very few sikhs on the Mumbai police force, is used to being identified by his turban, beard and the sharp cut of his trousers. But "the silky sikh" is now past forty, his marriage is over and his career prospects are on the slide. Vikram chandra's keenly anticipated new novel is a magnificent story of friendship and betrayal, of terrible violence, of an astonishing modern city and its dark side.

Sacred Games: A Novel P.S. #ad - Now a netflix original series“sACRED GAMES is as hard to put down as it is to pick up. New york times book review“bold, fresh and big…sacred games deserves praise for its ambitions but also for its terrific achievement"   — Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air. Seven years in the making, Sacred Games is an epic of exceptional richness and power.