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Jeet Thayil’s ‘Narcopolis’ longlisted for Man Booker Prize 2012

Aug 2012

Penguin Books India
 
is delighted to announce that
                                                                      
Narcopolis
 
by
Jeet Thayil
 
Published by Faber and Faber
 
Has been longlisted for the
 
Man Booker Prize 2012
 
Penguin Books India is proud to announce that on July 25, 2012 Narcolpolis by Jeet Thayil was amongst the 12 book longlist of the Man Booker Prize for fiction.  The Man Booker Prize committee said in their announcement on their website: “The 2012 longlist includes four debut novels, three small independent publishers and one previous winner. Of the 12 writers, seven are men and five women; nine are British, one Indian, one South African and one Malaysian. The shortlist of six authors will be announced at a press conference at the Man Group headquarters on Tuesday 11 September 2012. The winner of the 2012 prize will be announced at a dinner at London’s Guildhall on Tuesday 16 October. Each of the six shortlisted writers is awarded £2,500 and a specially commissioned beautifully handbound edition of his/her book. The winner receives a further £50,000.”

Peter Stothard, Chair of Judges commented: “Goodness, madness and bewildering urban change are among the themes of this year’s longlist. In an extraordinary year for fiction the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ proves the grip that the novel has on our world. We did not set out to reject the old guard but, after a year of sustained critical argument by a demanding panel of judges, the new has come powering through.”

Another Faber and Faber publication, Skios by Michael Frayn was also amongst the longlisted titles.  
 
Narcopolis was released in India in December 2011. 
 
About the Book

A rich and hallucinatory novel, set around a Bombay opium den, that follows a fascinating cast of flawed characters as the city transforms itself over three decades.
 
Wait now, light me up so we do this right, yes, hold me steady to the lamp, hold it, hold, good, a slow pull to start with, to draw the smoke low into the lungs, yes, oh my...
 
Shuklaji Street, in Old Bombay. In Rashid's opium room the air is thick with voices and ghosts: Hindu, Muslim, Christian. A young woman holds a long-stemmed pipe over a flame, her hair falling across her eyes. Men sprawl and mutter in the gloom. Here, they say you introduce only your worst enemy to opium.
There is an underworld whisper of a new terror: the Pathar Maar, the stone killer, whose victims are the nameless, invisible poor. In the broken city, there are too many to count. Stretching across three decades, with an interlude in Mao's China, it portrays a city in collision with itself. With a cast of pimps, pushers, poets, gangsters and eunuchs, it is a journey into a sprawling underworld written in electric and utterly original prose.
 
About the Author

Jeet Thayil was born in Kerala, India in 1959 and educated in Hong Kong, New York and Mumbai. He is a performance poet, songwriter and guitarist as well as a writer, and has published four collections of poetry. He is the editor of The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (2008). He currently lives in Bangalore.
 
 
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Amrita Talwar at amrita.talwar@in.penguingroup.com or at 011 46131494
Hemali Sodhi at hemali.sodhi@in.penguingroup.com or at 011 4613 1400