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Narcopolis (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 07/02/2013
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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Narcopolis is a rich and hallucinatory novel set around a Bombay opium den, as the city transforms itself over three decades. In Old Bombay, they say you introduce only your worst enemy to opium. But in Rashid's opium room on Shuklaji Street, the air is thick with voices and ghosts. A young woman holds a long-stemmed pipe over a flame, her hair falling across her eyes. Men sprawl and mutter in the gloom. And now there is an underworld whisper of a new terror: the Pathar Maar, the stone killer, whose victims are the nameless, invisible poor. In broken Bombay, there are too many to count. Stretching across three decades, with an interlude in Mao's China, Narcopolis portrays a city in collision with itself. 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.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571275786
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 250 g
Dimensions: 197 x 125 x 18 mm
Edition: Main

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“A dreamy look at Indian drug culture”

This is dreamy, hallucinatory book about a group of characters linked by a drug den in Bombay. It moves backwards and forwards in time, the characters arrive, leave and arrive again, but things stay largely the same... More

Paperback edition
20th March 2012
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“An Interesting Insight into Indian Drug Culture”

Jeet Thayil has written an intriguing, eye-opening and at times a little confusing, tale based in an opium den in Bombay. I know little of Indian culture and even less about drug taking. However that did not stop me... More

Paperback edition
31st March 2012
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“Not such a dream”

The book gives an insight into the dismal thoughts and daily lives of regular opium users in an opium ‘den’ in Bombay, coloured ony by their drugged dreams and visions, which are sometimes more terrifying than... More

Paperback edition
25th March 2012
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