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The Light At The End Of The World: A Novel

Release date: 25 April 2023
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An ambitious and phantasmagoric epic . . . Like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the author uses magic rea... Read More

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An ambitious and phantasmagoric epic . . . Like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the author uses magic realism to shed new light on historical events. Filled with poetic imagery and dialogue, and subtle connections among the stories, this is a novel to get lost in.’ — Publishers Weekly
Delhi, the near future: Bibi, a low-ranking employee of a global consulting firm, is tasked with finding a man long thought to be dead but who now appears to be the source of a vast collection of documents. The trove purports to reveal the secrets of the Indian government, including detention centres, mutated creatures, engineered viruses, experimental weapons, and alien wrecks discovered in remote mountain areas.
Bhopal, 1984: an assassin tracks his prey through an Indian city that will shortly be the site of the worst industrial disaster in the history of the world.
Calcutta, 1947: a veterinary student’s life and work connect him to an ancient Vedic aircraft that might stave off genocide.
And in 1859, a British soldier rides with his detachment to the Himalayas in search of the last surviving leader of an anti-colonial rebellion.
These timelines interweave to form a kaleidoscopic, epic novel in which each protagonist must come to terms with the buried truths of their times as well as with the parallel universe that connects them all, through automatons, spirits, spacecraft and aliens. 
The Light at the End of the World, Siddhartha Deb’s first novel in fifteen years, is a magisterial work of shifting forms, expanding the possibilities of fiction while bringing to life the India of our times.

Siddhartha Deb

Product Details

Title: The Light At The End Of The World: A Novel
Author: Siddhartha Deb
Publisher: Context - Westland
SKU: BK0477143
EAN: 9789357762885
Number Of Pages: 458
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover
Reading age : 18 years and up
Country Of Origin: India
Release date: 25 April 2023

About Author

Siddhartha Deb was born in north eastern India and lives in Harlem, New York. He is the author of the novels The Point of Return, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and An Outline of the Republic, longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. His non-fiction book The Beautiful and the Damned was a finalist for the Orwell Prize and received the PEN Open award. Deb’s journalism and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Republic, n+1, The Nation and Dissent. Visit him online at

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