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Hangman’s Journal

Hangman’s Journal

Shashi Warrier
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They say that the hangman’s job is an art. Positioning the knot under the prisoner’s ear is the most important part of the job; get it exactly right and there’s not a quiver from the rope except for that little jerk at the drop, when his neck breaks. A few millimetres off, and the man’s neck does not break; he dies of strangulation, slowly painfully.
Written with rare power and unflinching directness, this is a compelling, often unsettling account of a life of great psychological and moral complexity.

The real life story of the Hangman working for the king of Travancore, a small pre-independence South Indian kingdom unfolds in full detail. Each time he returned from the gallows, he told himself that it would be the last time. But he went back, a hundred and seventeen times. He did what he was ordered to do and shut out difficult memories, till an encounter with a writer almost a quarter century after his last hanging forced him to confront his past.

This Book takes us into the mind of a Man struggling to come to terms with his Dharma, his conscience, and his shame.

Imprint: India Penguin

Published: Feb/2009

ISBN: 9780140287165

Length : 248 Pages

MRP : ₹250.00

Hangman’s Journal

Shashi Warrier

They say that the hangman’s job is an art. Positioning the knot under the prisoner’s ear is the most important part of the job; get it exactly right and there’s not a quiver from the rope except for that little jerk at the drop, when his neck breaks. A few millimetres off, and the man’s neck does not break; he dies of strangulation, slowly painfully.
Written with rare power and unflinching directness, this is a compelling, often unsettling account of a life of great psychological and moral complexity.

The real life story of the Hangman working for the king of Travancore, a small pre-independence South Indian kingdom unfolds in full detail. Each time he returned from the gallows, he told himself that it would be the last time. But he went back, a hundred and seventeen times. He did what he was ordered to do and shut out difficult memories, till an encounter with a writer almost a quarter century after his last hanging forced him to confront his past.

This Book takes us into the mind of a Man struggling to come to terms with his Dharma, his conscience, and his shame.

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Shashi Warrier

Shashi Warrier was born in Kerala in 1959. He studied economics and did his MA from BITS, Pilani.
He turned to writing after careers in consulting, journalism and computing. He is the author of several books, including Hangman's Journal, Sniper, Night of the Krait, The Homecoming, Sally and the Warlocks and Other Stories, and The Marblewood Forest. He has also written books for children-The Hidden Continent and Suzy's Gift.