Jeet Thayil’s fabulous trip into Bombay’s sprawling underworld, a perilous realm with an exotic cast of pimps, pushers, poets, gangsters and eunuchs.

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. 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, the invisible poor. In this broken city, there are too many to count.

The Man Booker Prize 2012
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Jeet Thayil

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Jeet Thayil has published four collections of poetry and his novel Narcopolis was shortlisted for the 2012 Booker Prize.
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