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The Last Hangman (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 01/05/2013
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The Last Hangman is a powerful, sparsely written novel that explores, in brutal detail and measured prose, the life of a man who killed for a living. In the heat and the dust of the Indian south, the last hangman of Travancore commits his life to paper. Into seven notebooks he remembers the men he has killed, calmly calling to mind the final struggles of the men he hung by the neck to die. The Last Hangman is a remarkable and haunting novel: a meditation on death and what it means to end a life. It is a challenging and harrowing book that explores a great moral question: when does someone who kills become a murderer?

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9780857897497
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 283 g
Dimensions: 210 x 148 x 17 mm
Edition: Main


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Thought-provoking, harrowing and lingers long in the mind * Mail on Sunday *
Inspired by the real hangman of Travancore, this fictionalised version has such depth of character, emotional authenticity and convincing technical detail that it could pass for a real autobiography * The Herald *
A meditation on nothing less than the human condition itself... The Last Hangman is a work of intense passion unsapped by sentimentality, that inexorably forces change on the narrator, the fictional writer and the reader... A work of understated but awesome power. * Outlook *
A striking book... An unconventional treatment of an unconventional theme in a crisp, stimulating style... The expert weaving of fiction into historical fact creates an extraordinary tale. * The Statesman [India] *
Warrier has propelled himself into a very special niche in Indian fiction. * Financial Times [India] *

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