Shantaram: A Novel
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“It took me a very long time and many of the world to be taught what I find out about love and destiny and the alternatives we make, however the coronary heart of it got here to me straight away, whereas I used to be chained to a wall and being tortured.”
So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel set within the underworld of up to date Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security jail in Australia for the teeming streets of a metropolis the place he can disappear.
Accompanied by his information and trustworthy buddy Prabaker, the 2 enter Bombay’s hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy males, troopers and actors, and Indians and exiles from different nations, who search on this exceptional place what they can’t discover elsewhere.
As a hunted man and not using a residence, household, or identification, Lin searches for love and which means whereas working a clinic in one of many metropolis’s poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship in the dead of night arts of the Bombay mafia. The search leads him to battle, jail torture, homicide, and a collection of enigmatic and bloody betrayals. The keys to unlock the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held by two folks. The primary is Khader Khan: mafia godfather, criminal-philosopher-saint, and mentor to Lin within the underworld of the Golden Metropolis. The second is Karla: elusive, harmful, and exquisite, whose passions are pushed by secrets and techniques that torment her and but give her a horrible energy.
Burning slums and five-star lodges, romantic love and jail agonies, legal wars and Bollywood movies, non secular gurus and mujaheddin guerrillas – this enormous novel has the world of human expertise in its attain, and a passionate love for India at its coronary heart. Primarily based on the lifetime of the creator, it’s by any measure the debut of a rare voice in literature.