The Walls of Delhi
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  • Hardcover
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  • May 13, 2014
  • 9781609805289

The Walls of Delhi

Uday Prakash

Translated from the Hindi by Jason Grunebaum

A street sweeper discovers a cache of black market money and escapes to see the Taj Mahal with his underage mistress; an Untouchable races to reclaim his life that’s been stolen by an upper-caste identity thief; a slum baby’s head gets bigger and bigger as he gets smarter and smarter, while his family tries to find a cure. One of India’s most original and audacious writers, Uday Prakash, weaves three tales of living and surviving in today’s globalized India. In his stories, Prakash portrays realities about caste and class with an authenticity absent in most English-language fiction about South Asia. Sharply political but free of heavy handedness.  

REVIEWS:

"Uday Prakash brings news from a world that the English novel doesn't even know existed." —Amitava Kumar, author of Nobody Does the Right Thing and A Matter of Rats

"The Walls of Delhi is reason to cheer the essence of storytelling." —Amandeep Sandhu, The Hindu

"His fearlessness in writing and outspokenness against the establishment make him an agent provocateur on behalf of the dispiossessed." —Mark Staniforth, Eleutherophobia

“The stories in this collection should be read not only because they are coming from an extremely important voice in Hindi literature, but also because they are not just stories but a profound mapping of our times’ civilisational crisIs resulting from the blend of an awfully oppressive social order and brutal imperialism.”The New Indian Express

"Three...stingingly comic tales [with an] appealing mix of social realism and pungent sarcasm. Uday Prakash uses a kind of wry documentary style, combining incisive humour with gentle pathos, interspersed with occasional poetic passages, creating a new kind of narrative style that has been well caught by the translator." Frontline (India)

"Uday Prakash writes of contemporary India with bleak and unblinking scrutiny irradiated by empathy and humanity. His mastery of metaphor and allegory and the power of his style invoke a timeless culture on the cusp of change." —Namita Gokhale, founder-director of The Jaipur Literature Festival and author ofThe Book of Shiva

About Uday Prakash

UDAY PRAKASH is one of contemporary Hindi’s most exciting and celebrated voices. In 2010 he won the Sahitya Akademi Award from India’s National Acad- emy of Letters to writers and their works for their outstanding contributions to Indian literature. His work has been translated into ten languages. Also a filmmaker and playwright, Prakash divides his time between New Delhi and Sitapur in Madhya Pradesh.

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