The narrator in Jeet Thayil's second full-length collection abandons the sectarian histories of 1990s' Bombay for New York City-and the events of September 11, 2001. In the faux prologue poem, 'About the Author', he stands on 'Sixth, watching ruin, with/a handful of rain and a prophecy', a citizen of no country except the republic that gives the book its title. English here is more than a language. It is a source of divinity, and it holds a hard-won tenderness for all things living.


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Thayil, Jeet
Thayil, Jeet
Jeet Thayil was born in Kerala, India, and educated in Hong Kong, New York and Bombay. He is a performance poet, librettist, novelist and songwriter. Thayil's collections of poetry include Gemini II: Selected Poems, Apocalypso, English, and These Errors are Correct. He has edited Give the Sea Change and It Shall Change: 56 Indian Poets, Divided Time: India and the End of Diaspora, and The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets. His first novel, Narcopolis, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won a DSC Prize for South Asian literature.
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