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“The Walls of Delhi” Book Reading & Discussion at U. Chicago

April 29, 2014 11:54am

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University of Chicago
915 E 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

One of India’s most original and audacious writers Uday Prakash will speak at the University of Chicago on April 29th.

Translated by Jason Grunebaum, The Walls of Delhi is an intricately  woven book, composed of three stinging and comic tales of living and surviving in today’s globalized India: a sweeper discovers a cache of black money and escapes to see the Taj Mahal with his underage mistress; an untouchable races to reclaim his life stolen by an upper-caste identity thief; a slum baby’s head gets bigger and bigger as he gets smarter and smarter, while his family tries to find a cure.

In these stories, Prakash portrays the realities about caste and class with an authenticity rarely seen in English-language fiction about South Asia. Told in a compelling, vivid, and thoroughly modern voice, sharply political but free of heavy handedness, Prakash’s words leave an imprint on the mind and heart long after the final page is turned.

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