The Royal Ghosts: Stories by Samrat Upadhyay

The Royal Ghosts: Stories

bySamrat Upadhyay

Kobo ebook | February 9, 2006

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A “startlingly good” novel of Nepali society in the wake of violent Maoist insurgencies (*San Francisco Chronicle*).
 
With emotional precision and narrative subtlety, The Royal Ghosts features characters trying to reconcile their true desires with the forces at work in Nepali society. Against the backdrop of the violent Maoist insurgencies that have claimed thousands of lives, these characters struggle with their duties to their aging parents, an oppressive caste system, and the complexities of arranged marriage. In the end, they manage to find peace and connection, often where they least expect it—with the people directly in front of them. These stories brilliantly examine not only Kathmandu during a time of political crisis and cultural transformation but also the effects of that city on the individual consciousness.
 
Samrat Upadhyay is the author of Arresting God in Kathmandu, which earned him a Whiting Award, and The Guru of Love, which was a New York Times Notable Book, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, and a finalist for the Kiriyama Prize. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
 
This book will also appeal to readers interested in the themes: Nepal, South Asian Literature, Nepali Society, Alienation, Democracy, Kathmandu.

Title:The Royal Ghosts: StoriesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 9, 2006Publisher:Mariner BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547561482

ISBN - 13:9780547561486

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Remarkable Samrat Upadhyay does for Kathmandu what Mario Vargas Llosa does for Lima, or Naguib Mahfouz for Cairo. With guides such as these, how can one's journey (in flesh or in mind) fail to be . . . yes, I will say it . . . remarkable?
Date published: 2007-04-05