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 Ghachar Chochar: Vivek Shanbags Book Review

Ghachar Chochar: Vivek Shanbags Book Review

by The Daily Eye Team April 27 2017, 1:54 pm Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 50 secs

The novel written by Shanbhag, who has been compared to Chekhov, is the first of his works to translated into English Think of great Indian novels since Salman Rushdie set a certain tone with Midnight’s Children back in 1981 – Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy, Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance, Arundhati Roy’sThe God of Small Things or, most recently, Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland – they tend towards large tomes, written in English.
Now, however, the arrival of a new work has shaken up the status quo: Vivek Shanbhag’s gripping Ghachar Ghochar. This slim volume – at just over 100 pages, it’s more novella than novel – nimbly translated by Srinath Perur from the south Indian language of Kannada, tells a story that packs a powerful punch, both in terms of the precision of its portrait of one Bangalore-based family, and, by extension, what this tells us about modern India.


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