Red Earth And Pouring Rain
Fiction

Red Earth And Pouring Rain

A Novel

Overview

In Vikram Chandra's astonishing first novel, the gods Hanuman, Ganesha and Yama descend on a house in an Indian city to vie for the soul of a wounded monkey. A bargain is struck: the monkey must tell a story, and if he can keep his audience entertained, he shall live.The result is Red Earth and Pouring Rain, a tale of nineteenth century India: of Sanjay, a poet, and Sikander, a warrior; of hoofbeats thundering through the streets of Calcutta and the birth of a luminous child; of great wars and love affairs and a city gone 'mad with poetry'. And woven into this tapestry of stories is a second, totally modern narrative, the adventures of a young Indian criss-crossing America in a car with his friends and his eventual return to his homeland.

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Vikram Chandra
Vikram Chandra
Vikram Chandra was born in 1961. He divides his time between Mumbai and Washington, DC, where he teaches at George Washington University. He is the author of a novel Red Earth and Pouring Rain which won the David Higham Prize as well as the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Published Book. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker and The Paris Review. He can be reached by e-mail at vchandra@mindspring.com.
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