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Shortlisted for: DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize, 2011 Hindu Best Fiction Prize, 2010 Amir Ali leaves his village in Bihar to travel to London with an English captain, William Meadows, to whom he narrates the story of his life ? the story of a murderous thug. While Meadows tries to analyse the strange cult of the Indian Thug, a group of Englishmen sets out to prove the inherent difference between cultures and people by examining their skulls ? with bizarre consequences. Set in Victorian London, this story of different voices from different places draws intricate lines of connection from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, between England and India, across individual and cultural differences. Known for his refusal to fit his work into established `diasporic`, subalternist or post-colonialist narrative traditions, in The Thing About Thugs, Khair finally engages with these traditions by subtly and ironically deploying echoes from Victorian literature, ranging from Charles Dickens to P.M. Taylor`s Confessions of a Thug and Joseph Conrad`s Heart of Darkness. `Khair`s skill lies in making us question our assumptions about what we do and why we do it.` ? New Statesman Formally and intellectually intrepid, and emotionally resonant, Tabish Khair`s novels are some of the most exciting to have come out of the Indian subcontinent.` Pankaj Mishra Printed Pages: 256. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 36866
Inhaltsangabe: A subversive, macabre novel of a young Indian man s misadventures in Victorian London as the city is racked by a series of murders
In a small Bihari village, Captain William T. Meadows finds just the man to further his phrenological research back home: Amir Ali, confessed member of the infamous Thugee cult. With tales of a murderous youth redeemed, Ali gains passage to England, his villainously shaped skull there to be studied. Only Ali knows just how embroidered his story is, so when a killer begins depriving London s underclass of their heads, suspicion naturally falls on the thug. With help from fellow immigrants led by a shrewd Punjabi woman, Ali journeys deep into a hostile city in an attempt to save himself and end the gruesome murders.
Ranging from skull-lined mansions to underground tunnels a ghostly people call home, The Thing about Thugs is a feat of imagination to rival Wilkie Collins or Michael Chabon. Short-listed for the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize, this sly Victorian role reversal marks the arrival of a compelling new Indian novelist to North America.
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Short-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize, DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and Hindu Best Fiction Prize
Praise for The Thing about Thugs
“[A] novel full of suspense where the various strands of mystery, human relationships and crime are expertly woven into one absorbing and fast-moving tale. This is a book that deserves to stand the test of time and join the other masterpieces of Victorian London.”—India Today
“If the idea of a Victorian-era tale of adventure appeals to you, featuring thugs, a profusion of misshapen skulls, masked aristocrats, gruesome murders, opium dens and tragic romance—The Thing about Thugs is just that. Yet, at the same time, Khair’s novel offers a profound, even esoteric, meditation on colonial and post-colonial literature, the act of reading, and the complex, reflexive relationship between the colonizer and the colonized.”—DNA India
“Hitchcock would have been proud of the way Khair leads ordinary people to crime (and how others decide to solve them). Equal time is devoted to the villains of the story here. London comes across as a spooky, strange place where anything could happen, and every character we encounter is interesting enough to hold his place.”—Deccan Herald
Titel: The Things About Thugs
Verlag: HarperCollins Publishers India
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