Shantaram: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Roberts, Gregory David
Subject:  FICTION / Action & Adventure
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: October 2005
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 944
Size: 8.34in x 5.46in x 1.63in
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From The Publisher*An epic adventure - a mesmerizing tale set in Bombay's teeming slums and luxury hotels, filled with romance and torture, mafia gang wars and Bollywood films, and populated by spiritual gurus, mysterious ex-pats, and charismatic crime lords. Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport, who flees a maximum security prison in Australia for a city where he can disappear. As a hunted man without a home, family, or identity, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The search leads him to war, prison, murder, and a series of betrayals. The keys to unlocking the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held by two people: Khader Khan, mafia Godfather, criminal-philosopher-saint, and mentor to Lin in the underworld of the Golden City, and Karla: elusive, dangerous, passionate and beautiful. This novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a great love for India at its heart. It is by any measure the debut of an extraordinary voice in literature.
Review Quote*At a time when stories have never seemed more disposable, to find a narrative that merits all that time and paper feels - in a word - gratifying. Few stand out quite like Shantaram. Sometimes a big story is its own best reward. - The New York Times "Utterly unique, absolutely audacious, and wonderfully wild, Shantaram is sure to catch even the most fantastic of imaginations off guard." - Elle "Inspired storytelling." - People "Very good… vast of vision and breadth." - Time Out " Shantaram had me hooked from the first sentence. [It] is thrilling, touching, frightening… a glorious wallow of a novel." - Detroit Free Press
Biographical NoteGREGORY DAVID ROBERTS was born in Melbourne, Australia. Sentenced to nineteen years in prison for a series of armed robberies to support a heroin addiction, he escaped and journeyed to New Zealand, Asia, Africa, and Europe. For ten of those fugitive years he lived in Bombay-where he established a free medical clinic for slum-dwellers, and worked as a counterfeiter, smuggler, gunrunner, and street soldier for a branch of the Bombay mafia. Recaptured in Germany, he served out his sentence there and in Australian prisons. Upon his release, he established a successful multimedia company, and since the international publication of Shantaram, he is a full-time writer, at home in several countries.