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Conversations with Aurangzeb: A Novel

Release date: 20 October 2023
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'Comprehensively irreverent . . . genre-bending . . . sparklingly witty.' - MANU PILLAI 'Who woul... Read More

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'Comprehensively irreverent . . . genre-bending . . . sparklingly witty.' - MANU PILLAI

'Who would have thought Aurangzeb could be so entertaining.' - MANU JOSEPH

A writer hopes to get some primary research done for his new book by interviewing the spirit of Shah Jahan. But the endeavour turns into an obstacle course, with his translator arguing about how to start a novel, a fellow writer giving him unsolicited feedback, and a friend plaguing him with phone calls. Worst of all, Shah Jahan is elbowed out by Aurangzeb, who hijacks the novel. In a series of conversations that touch upon everything from marketing strategies for emperors to mutiny, from Marxism to Sunny Leone, and culminates in two men and a spirit going to a bar, Aurangzeb and various other visitors tell a story no one could have predicted.

Part historical novel, part satire, Conversations with Aurangzeb - by the cult Tamil writer Charu Nivedita and brilliantly translated by Nandini Krishnan - is a biting commentary on our times.

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Title: Conversations with Aurangzeb: A Novel
Author: Charu Nivedita
Publisher: HarperCollins India
SKU: BK0482706
EAN: 9789356993921
Number Of Pages: 348 pages
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Release date: 20 October 2023

About Author

Charu Nivedita is the author of more than sixty works in Tamil, ranging from collections of essays to novels, anthologies of poetry to short stories. Known as a postmodern, transgressive writer, he is most interested in autofiction and metafiction. He is best known for the novel Zero Degree, which was longlisted for the 2013 edition of Jan Michalski Prize for Literature and has found a place in several academic syllabi in India and overseas. His books Marginal Man, To Byzantium: A Turkey Travelogue, Unfaithfully Yours, Morgue Keeper and Towards a Third Cinema have been translated into English and published by independent presses. Charu Nivedita lives in Chennai with his human and animal family. Nandini Krishnan is the author of Hitched: The Modern Woman and Arranged Marriage and Invisible Men: Inside India's Transmasculine Networks. She is also the award-winning translator of Estuary and Four Strokes of Luck by Perumal Murugan, and Ponniyin Selvan by Kalki Krishnamurthy. Nandini's novel-in-manuscript won the Caravan and Writers of India Festival contest 2014. Her translation of Sajjad Haider Yaldram's short story, ‘Save Me from My Friends', was shortlisted for the Jawad Memorial Prize for Urdu–English Translation 2022. Nandini lives in Madras, with dozens of animals, thousands of books, and a varying number of humans.

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