FREE E-BOOK: Download Delhi Noir for free through Monday, May 9!
This month marks the release of South Haven by Hirsh Sawhney, a beautiful, heartrending debut novel about one young boy’s coming-of-age in the aftermath of unexpected tragedy. It has been named a Summer 2016 Pick in Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers Program, dedicated to promoting standout works of new writers worthy of national attention.
To celebrate the release of Sawhney’s novel, from today until Monday, May 9, you can download a copy of Delhi Noir, edited by Hirsh Sawhney, for absolutely free, right here:
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Praise for Delhi Noir:
“For those whose view of India is shaped by The Jewel in the Crown, conversations with a call-in center or even Slumdog Millionaire, this anthology in Akashic’s noir series will register simultaneously as a shock, an education and entertainment. All 14 stories are briskly paced, beautifully written and populated by vivid, original characters . . . Few books can alter one’s perception about the state of a society, but this does, while delivering noir that’s first class in any light.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Star of the show is the city itself, and this is where Delhi Noir really succeeds as a work of art. The city is undead, an aggressive and relentless giant lumbering defiant towards a choice of hells, a festering beast playing host to pockets of messy life and easy violence.”
Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.
Brand-new stories by: Irwin Allan Sealy, Omair Ahmad, Radhika Jha, Ruchir Joshi, Nalinaksha Bhattacharya, Meera Nair, Siddharth Chowdhury, Mohan Sikka, Palash K. Mehrotra, Hartosh Singh Bal, Hirsh Sawhney, Tabish Khair, Uday Prakash, and Manjula Padmanabhan.
From the introduction by Hirsh Sawhney:
“Every morning, papers in Delhi abound with alarming stories: accounts of the unmitigated corruption and contract killing that make this city of more than fifteen million tick; indications of increasing divisions between rich and poor that lead servants to murder masters and foment Maoist movements in the country’s hinterland; synopses of so many rapes and sexual assaults that readers become numb to them. Yet the everyday depravity and anguish of Delhi life remains confined to news copy. Despite notable exceptions, authors of literature—particularly those who write in English—usually choose to ignore the capital’s stains . . .
Delhi Noir’s contributors are diverse: They are Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs; Punjabis, Biharis, Bengalis, and Keralites; men and women; gay and straight . . . What they have in common is the inclination to write delectable literature that doesn’t shy away from the city’s uncomfortable underside. Their fiction isn’t politically correct and refuses to pander to popular perceptions about India or its capital, perceptions that conform with the agendas of governments, glossy magazines, and multinational corporations . . .”
Posted: May 3, 2016
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