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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