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Jeet Thayil

From the Booker-shortlisted author: one man’s whirlwind weekend of self-destructive grief.

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£8.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571356423
Date Published
07.01.2021
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Summary

Ullis went to the bathroom and carefully unfolded the business card and placed it on the sink. Then he rolled up a note and snorted the last of his wife’s ashes.

Following the death of his wife, Dominic Ullis escapes to Bombay in search of oblivion and a dangerous new drug, Meow Meow. So begins a glorious weekend of misadventure as he tours the teeming, kaleidoscopic city from its sleek eyries of high-capital to the piss-stained streets, encountering a cast with their own stories to tell, but none of whom Ullis – his faculties ever distorted – is quite sure he can trust.

Heady, heartbroken and heartfelt, Low is a blazing joyride through the darklands of grief towards obliteration – and, perhaps, epiphany.

‘Jeet Thayil delights not just in pushing the bounds of possibility, but in smashing them to smithereens.’ John Burnside

Critic Reviews

[Low] carries the reader along with pace and exuberance. The themes might hail from the depths, but reading it elicits a peculiar high.

Observer
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As exhilarating as it is unputdownable.

AnOther
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An immersive tale of grief and oblivion.

Independent
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Low offers vicarious kicks without the comedown.

Guardian
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A lively evocation of India’s most overblown metropolis.

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JeetThayil

Jeet Thayil was born in Kerala, India in 1959 and educated in Hong Kong, New York and Bombay. He is a songwriter and guitarist, and has published four collections of poetry. He is the editor of The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (2008). He currently lives in New Delhi.

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