Tales From Firozsha Baag

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Tales From Firozsha Baag

by Rohinton Mistry
Afterword by W.h. New

McClelland & Stewart | April 19, 2000 | Mass Market Paperbound

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In these eleven stories, Rohinton Mistry opens our eyes and our hearts to the rich, complex patterns of life inside Firozsha Baag, an apartment building in Bombay. Here are Jaakaylee, the ghost-seer, and Najamai, the only owner of a refrigerator in Firozsha Baag; Rustomji the Curmudgeon and Kersi, the young boy whose life threads through the book and who narrates the final story as an adult in Toronto. We see their passions, their worst fears, their betrayals, and their humorous acts of revenge. Witty and poignant, in turns, these intersecting stories create a finely textured mosaic of lives and illuminate a world poised between the old ways and the new.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 272 pages, 7 × 4.2 × 0.5 in

Published: April 19, 2000

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771034709

ISBN - 13: 9780771034701

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Glimpses into Parsi Mumbai This is my first Rohinton Mistry book. He writes in rich detail. I did not need to learn about Bombay and the life therein but it was still interesting to learn about Parsis and their world. Which is like anyone else's world in middle class Bombay. His writing style is similar to most English-speaking Indian writers. For someone completely foreign to that world, this would make for an excellent resource.
Date published: 2012-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book!! This novel provides a rich imagery of the mental struggle of immigrating to a new country. Learning a new language and culture proved to be a challenge for the central character who journeyed from India to Canada. Not only does he have to learn a new identity for himself, he has to face hardships in not being accepted into Canadian society.
Date published: 2001-01-03

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Tales From Firozsha Baag

by Rohinton Mistry
Afterword by W.h. New

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 272 pages, 7 × 4.2 × 0.5 in

Published: April 19, 2000

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771034709

ISBN - 13: 9780771034701

From the Publisher

In these eleven stories, Rohinton Mistry opens our eyes and our hearts to the rich, complex patterns of life inside Firozsha Baag, an apartment building in Bombay. Here are Jaakaylee, the ghost-seer, and Najamai, the only owner of a refrigerator in Firozsha Baag; Rustomji the Curmudgeon and Kersi, the young boy whose life threads through the book and who narrates the final story as an adult in Toronto. We see their passions, their worst fears, their betrayals, and their humorous acts of revenge. Witty and poignant, in turns, these intersecting stories create a finely textured mosaic of lives and illuminate a world poised between the old ways and the new.

About the Author

Rohinton Mistry is the author of three novels, all of which have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and a collection of short stories, Tales from Firozsha Baag.
 
His first novel, Such a Long Journey, won the Governor General's Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, and the SmithBooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award. It was made into an acclaimed feature film in 1998.
 
A Fine Balance was winner of the Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, the Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize, the Royal Society of Literature's Winifred Holtby Award, and Denmark's ALOA Prize. It was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and the Prix Femina. In 2002, A Fine Balance was selected for Oprah’s Book Club.
 
Family Matters won the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize for Fiction and the Canadian Authors Association Fiction Award. It was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.
 
Born in Bombay, Rohinton Mistry has lived in Canada since 1975. He was awarded the Trudeau Fellows Prize in 2004, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005. Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2009, he was a finalist for the 2011 Man Booker International Prize, and winner of the 2012 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. In translation, his work has been published in more than thirty languages.

From Our Editors

These 11 short stories by award-winning Canadian author Rohinton Mistry observe the antics of various residents living in an apartment building in Bombay. In Tales From Firozsha Baag, Mistry introduces us to Jaakaylee, the ghost seer, Majami, the keeper of the only refrigerator in the entire complex and Rustomjii the old curmudgeon. In 1991 he won the Governor General’s Award and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Such a Long Journey. In 1995, he received the Giller Prize, the CommonWealth Writer’s Prize and was short-listed for the Booker Prize for a Fine Balance.

Editorial Reviews

“A writer of formidable strength and imagination…these stories are like little bits of life glistening on the page.”
Toronto Star

“A fine collection…informed by a tone of gentle compassion for seemingly insignificant lives.”
New York Times

“The crowded, throbbing life of India is brilliantly captured in this series of stories.…”
Sunday Times, London (U.K.)

“Rohinton Mistry explores quicksand territory with intelligence, compassion, wit, and memorable flair.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review