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A Superior Man

A Superior Man

There were many symptoms along the way before he came to be: freed and lifted by ground zero.

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The Tryst: An extract

The Tryst: An extract

Extract from The Tryst, the new erotic novella by award-winning Trinidadian-born British writer and memoirist, Monique Roffey, under World Poetry/Prose Portfolio, curated by Sudeep Sen

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 Mynah Hands, Flying Fingers

Mynah Hands, Flying Fingers

Kausalya paati’s mynahs were a story. One day, when her fingers started to cooperate, Tyrex hoped to write that story. If Kausalya paati felt that the dosa her daughter-in-law served her for evening tiffin was not hot enough, the mynahs would swing into action

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Gariahat Junction

Gariahat Junction

Why did a pay cheque cost so much? Why could they never live and work in the same city?

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World Poetry/Prose Portfolio: The Lennan Sidh

World Poetry/Prose Portfolio: The Lennan Sidh

For three years the bard has been the wellspring from which she has quenched her thirst. Three years of tramping in cruel weather have broken him. He would run from her if he could but he knows his legs could no longer carry him far enough. This is part of the World Poetry/Prose Portfolio, curated by our contributing editor Sudeep Sen.

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World Poetry/Prose Portfolio: The Names They Left Behind

World Poetry/Prose Portfolio: The Names They Left Behind

Margaret (A story in twelve frames), from The Names They Left Behind by Clare Azzopardi, is part of a section, World Poetry/Prose Portfolio, curated by Sudeep Sen.

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The World’s Oldest

The World’s Oldest

9/11 filled our lives with unimaginable stories in the New Year as well. The year had barely settled in when Gujarat erupted into an orgy of violence. It was as if the earth had caved in and we could all get a ring-side view of Hell below. Once again all the headlines were coming out of one big hole in the earth.

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 A tale of family, friendship and greed in Mumbai

A tale of family, friendship and greed in Mumbai

Murder in Mahim, Jerry Pinto’s new novel, a murder mystery set in Mumbai, is a story of family and friendship. It's a compelling and poignant exploration of loneliness, greed and unlikely solidarities in the great metropolis. An excerpt from the novel, published by Speaking Tiger

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World Poetry/Prose Portfolio: The Camphorwood Binder

World Poetry/Prose Portfolio: The Camphorwood Binder

Part of our new series, World Poetry/Prose Portfolio, curated by Sudeep Sen, these micro-fictions are compiled from The Camphorwood Binder by Renata Jambrešić Kirin, translated from the Croatian into English by Boris Gregorić and supervised by Miroslav Kirin, Andrew Norris & Silvana Carotenuto

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The Man Without Answers: Excerpts from a Ghost Novel

The Man Without Answers: Excerpts from a Ghost Novel

Glimpses from an unseen (unpublished) tome, which still, at last browsing, remains very dear to its author

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The Enigmatic Case of a Metaphysical Love Story

The Enigmatic Case of a Metaphysical Love Story

‘I feel connected to the universe in a way I cannot explain more clearly than this: I am strung with the cosmos; I am like a sea-creature in an endless ocean’

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Fever Pitch

Fever Pitch

Heather, Desire, Longing, Want, Question, Fever Pitch

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Kalkatta: An Extract

Kalkatta: An Extract

Jami, the Gigolo King of Kalkatta, was smuggled into India from Bangladesh and given refuge by his uncle, a leader of the ruling Communist Party. He grows up in Zakaria Street, dreaming of becoming a pukka Kalkatta-wallah. Kalkatta soon opens its doors, drawing Jami into the world of the rich and the famous. Made to oscillate between his refugee family, the neighbourhood gang, his massage-parlour clients, he succeeds in becoming a true Kalkatta-wallah, but a stranger to himself. Until his love for Pablo threatens to destroy everything

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 Injury

Injury

Abused, indignant, the boy came out of the station and informed his friends at the Adivasi Boys’ Hostel of the extortion he had faced at the hands of that TTE. Now, if Santhal boys were on that TTE’s radar for being the most vulnerable ticketless travellers, that TTE too was on the hitlist of the Santhal boys for having robbed them at every given opportunity.

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Maryam of Basoda

Maryam of Basoda

The lovable eccentricities and unique religiosity make Maryam, in Asad Mohammad Khan’s Basode ki Maryam, one of the most lovable characters ever created in Urdu

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Finger

Finger

A Kashmiri Pandit in Ghana hosts an old friend. Gushtaba brings back memories of home, opening old wounds.

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A Brief History of Seven Killings: An Extract

A Brief History of Seven Killings: An Extract

Jamaica, 1976: Seven men storm Bob Marley’s house with machine guns blazing. The reggae superstar survives, but leaves Jamaica the following day, not to return for two years. Inspired by this near-mythic event, A Brief History of Seven Killings is an imagined oral biography, told, among others, by ghosts, witnesses and killers.

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The Year of The Runaways: An Extract

The Year of The Runaways: An Extract

The Year of the Runaways is the story of three young men and a woman from different backgrounds who come together in a journey from India to England, where they hope to begin something new. As the four negotiate their dreams, desires and shocking realities, their histories continue to pull at them even as the seasons pass.

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Satin Island: An Extract

Satin Island: An Extract

Tom McCarthy’s fourth novel, Satin Island, is an impassioned novel for our disjointed times. Narrated by U, a talented figure currently pimping his skills to an elite consultancy in London, Satin Island meanders through his procrastinating days and endless buffer-zones of information and images with which the world bombards him every day.

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A Spool of Blue Thread: An Extract

A Spool of Blue Thread: An Extract

A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler’s 20th novel, is a poignant family saga. It’s a portrait of the Whitshank family across several generations.

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The Fishermen: An Extract

The Fishermen: An Extract

The Fishermen, rooted in the best of African storytelling, is set in a small town in western Nigeria and tells the story of four young brothers

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A Little Life: An Extract

A Little Life: An Extract

A dark and haunting examination of the tyranny of experience and memory, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is a heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance

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A Secret Life

A Secret Life

I had renounced all worldly enticements and was on my way to my hermitage to spend time in seclusion

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The Sins of a Writer-Son

The Sins of a Writer-Son

The rain hasn’t eased at all; Baba is clutching his umbrella in his right hand, drenched all over again

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Ameen in Heaven

Ameen in Heaven

What is the purpose of mind in heaven? He murmured and murmured the question. The murmurs grew louder

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The Self and the Other

The Self and the Other

He was naked, covered in ash with matted locks of grey hair and beard. His eyes were unusually bright — they were sparkling due to the effects of marijuana

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Portrait of Another Woman

Portrait of Another Woman

It was the portrait of a woman in a forest, looking over her shoulders, contempt in her hazel eyes. The forest didn’t look tropical; the leaves ablaze with Western autumn.

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36 Feet Towards Revolution

36 Feet Towards Revolution

A short story by Wild Animals Prohibited, the collection that brings together 25 stories that record the dark history of violence and degeneration in Bengal of the ’70s and ’80s. The mirror that Misra holds up to society breaks every canon of rectitude with unfailing precision.

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Beautiful,  Strange, Hurt Lily

Beautiful, Strange, Hurt Lily

The ride to her new home passed in silence. When we arrived at the condominium complex, she could barely stand and tripped over the first set of concrete stairs

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Jerusalem

Jerusalem

With everyone she met she was new person, inventing stories and names and countries and lineages all her own and all false

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