Ghachar Ghochar

Vivek Shanbhag

A novel of Chekhovian precision and lingering resonance which has all the signs of a contemporary cult classic.

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In this masterful novel by the acclaimed Indian writer Vivek Shanbhag, a close-knit family is delivered from near-destitution to sudden wealth after a miraculous change in fortune. As the narrator, along with his sister, his parents, and his uncle move from a cramped shack to a larger house and encounter new-found wealth, the family dynamics begin to shift. As the dream of middle-class, aspirational living comes true, allegiances and desires realign; marriages are arranged and begin to falter; and conflict brews ominously in the background.

Critic Reviews

One of the finest literary works you will ever encounter . . . Magnificent.

Eileen Battersby, Irish Times
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This tale of a young man’s turbulent family history in Bangalore is as tightly wound as a Maupassant story.

Sunday Times 'Summer Reading'
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A classic tale of wealth and moral ruin.

New Yorker
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A story that packs a powerful punch . . . Shanbhag is the real deal, this gem of a novel resounding with chilling truths.

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An espresso-hit of a novel.

Daily Mail
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Vivek Shanbhag is one of those writers whose voice takes your breath away at the first encounter.

Yiyun Li, author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

Vivek Shanbhag is the author of eight works of fiction and two plays, all of which have been published to wide acclaim in the South Indian language of Kannada. Ghachar Ghochar is the first of his books to appear in English. He is the recipient of a Fall 2016 residency at the International Writing Program at Iowa.

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