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Chorashastra

Chorashastra

The Subtle Science of Thievery

V.J. James
,
Morley J. Nair
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Hoping to break out of his coconut-robbing father’s petty legacy and strike it big, a small-time thief breaks into the house of an eccentric professor. A strong believer in the theory that early Indian civilisations were scientifically advanced, the professor spends his days salvaging ancient texts, long forgotten or overlooked by scholars of present times. On the night of the break-in, he is immersed in Chorashastra, a manuscript rendered brittle and yellow by centuries, that holds within its pages mind-boggling tips and tricks for thieves- most incredibly, the ability to open a lock by just looking at it.
He hails the arrival of the thief as a sign and decides to test its theories on him. Thus begin the amazing adventures of a thief. As vault after vault yield to his subtle gaze, his wantonness and hubris leap to the skies.
Known for his subversive plots and narrative devices that mark a clear departure from contemporary Malayalam storytelling,
V.J. James’s Chorashastra tells a gripping story of untethered ambition and the inevitable chase between crime and justice.

Imprint: Vintage Books

Published: Aug/2022

ISBN: 9780670097456

Length : 176 Pages

MRP : ₹450.00

Chorashastra

The Subtle Science of Thievery

V.J. James
,
Morley J. Nair

Hoping to break out of his coconut-robbing father’s petty legacy and strike it big, a small-time thief breaks into the house of an eccentric professor. A strong believer in the theory that early Indian civilisations were scientifically advanced, the professor spends his days salvaging ancient texts, long forgotten or overlooked by scholars of present times. On the night of the break-in, he is immersed in Chorashastra, a manuscript rendered brittle and yellow by centuries, that holds within its pages mind-boggling tips and tricks for thieves- most incredibly, the ability to open a lock by just looking at it.
He hails the arrival of the thief as a sign and decides to test its theories on him. Thus begin the amazing adventures of a thief. As vault after vault yield to his subtle gaze, his wantonness and hubris leap to the skies.
Known for his subversive plots and narrative devices that mark a clear departure from contemporary Malayalam storytelling,
V.J. James’s Chorashastra tells a gripping story of untethered ambition and the inevitable chase between crime and justice.

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V.J. James

V.J. James writes in Malayalam. Born and brought up in Changanacherry, Kerala, he currently resides in Thiruvananthapuram. An engineer by profession, he worked at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre. His debut novel,
Purappadinte Pusthakam (The Book of Exodus), was awarded the DC Silver Jubilee Award (1999), Malayattoor Prize and Rotary Literary Award.
Other awards include the O.V. Vijayan Award and Thikkurissi Award for Anti-Clock, and the Thoppil Ravi Award, Kerala Bhasha Institute
Award, Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award, Basheer Puraskaram and Vayalar Award for Nireeswaran. The English translation of Chorashasthram was
shortlisted for the Atta Galatta Bangalore Literature Festival Book Prize.
The Malayalam film Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol, starring Mohanlal
and Meena, is an adaptation of his short story 'Pranayopanishath'. Along
with six short story collections, his major works include Purappadinte Pusthakam (1999), Chorashasthram (2002), Dathapaharam (2005), Leyka (2006), Ottakkaalan Kakka (2013), Nireeswaran (2014) and Anti-Clock
(2018). The English translation of Anti-Clock was shortlisted for the JCB
Prize for Literature 2021.

Morley J. Nair

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