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Ghachar Ghochar (Paperback)

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By Vivek Shanbhag, Srinath Perur (Translator)
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November 2018 Schlafly Book Discussion group selection

— From Schlafly Discussion Group

Beautifully written, Ghachar Ghochar is a wonderful novella with moments of familial affection as well as shocking moments of meanness. What happens when a family’s fortune turns for the better? Of course, there’s the better house in the better neighborhood, the better prospects for marriage, and the better job which isn’t really a job at all. But there’s also a shift in the family dynamic that muddies the water and leads to a disastrous ending. - randy

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"A modern classic." --The New York Times Book Review

A young man's close-knit family is nearly destitute when his uncle founds a successful spice company, changing their fortunes overnight. As they move from a cramped, ant-infested shack to a larger house on the other side of Bangalore, and try to adjust to a new way of life, the family dynamic begins to shift. Allegiances realign; marriages are arranged and begin to falter; and conflict brews ominously in the background. Things become "ghachar ghochar"--a nonsense phrase uttered by one meaning something tangled beyond repair, a knot that can't be untied.

Elegantly written and punctuated by moments of unexpected warmth and humor, Ghachar Ghochar is a quietly enthralling, deeply unsettling novel about the shifting meanings--and consequences--of financial gain in contemporary India.

"A classic tale of wealth and moral ruin." --The New Yorker

"Ghachar Ghochar introduces us to a master." --The Paris Review

Named a Best Book of the Year by the Guardian, Globe and Mail, and Publishers Weekly

Longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award.

About the Author

Vivek Shanbhag is the author of eight works of fiction and two plays, all of which have been published to wide acclaim in the South Indian language Kannada. He was a Fall 2016 resident at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. The first of his books to appear in English, Ghachar Ghochar was excerpted in Granta's 2015 India issue. Srinath Perur (translator) is a writer and translator whose work has appeared in n+1, Granta, and the Guardian. He is the author of If It's Monday It Must Be Madurai, published by Penguin India.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780143111689
ISBN-10: 014311168X
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017
Pages: 128
Language: English