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Prepare to enter a world where the norms of human behavior—even the rules governing time and gravity—are set on their heads. This dark and wry fable begins with the narrator waking up and discovering he is missing an arm. He has no idea how he lost it or how to find it—but as he searches the chaotic, often surreal streets of Bombay, he meets an absurd and marvelous cast of characters who offer him clues: a woman selling rainbows, a beggar living under an egg cart, a coffin maker who builds finger-sized caskets, a giant who lives underwater, a homeless boy riding the rails. They all lead him to Baba Rakhu, master of the underworld, who will reveal the story of his lost arm—for a price.
Funny and wise, violent and tender, The Cripple and His Talismans is an impressive debut. A bestseller in Canada, it has been compared to the works of Samuel Beckett, Lewis Carroll, and Salman Rushdie.
|Publisher:||Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill|
|Product dimensions:||5.44(w) x 8.26(h) x 1.04(d)|
About the Author
Anosh Irani was born and brought up in Bombay, India, and moved to Vancouver in 1998. He received his M.F.A in creative writing at the University of British Columbia and is currently the playwright in residence at the Arts Club Theatre Company, where he is working on his second novel, The Song of Kahunsha.
Table of Contents
|A Thousand Oil Lamps||22|
|The Evil Eye||28|
|Life of a Dark Blue Filmmaker||38|
|Empty Whiskey Bottles||43|
|The Rule of Widows and Mad Dogs||49|
|Madam and Bomber||58|
|Ak Munna Tiger Lily||67|
|The Giant Who Lived Underwater||84|
|Flame and Fortune||97|
|The Lost Arm||106|
|Mr. P and the Dark Torpedo||122|
|Gura and the Egg-Man||127|