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Fiction Book Club: "Ghachar Ghochar" by Vivek Shanbhag, translated by Srinath Perur

Join our Fiction Book Club in a monthly meeting to discuss a wide array of literary fiction. With an eclectic mix of authors, themes, periods, and styles, this group will explore both classic and contemporary literature. This year we are dedicating our discussions to literature translated from around the world! For questions about this book club, email Matt at matt@unabridgedbookstore.com.

The Fiction Book Club will meet to discuss Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag, translated by Srinath Perur on Wednesday, December 14th, 2021 at 7:30pm.

A young man's close-knit family is nearly destitute when his uncle founds a successful spice company, changing their fortunes overnight. As they move from a cramped, ant-infested shack to a larger house on the other side of Bangalore, and try to adjust to a new way of life, the family dynamic begins to shift. Allegiances realign; marriages are arranged and begin to falter; and conflict brews ominously in the background. Things become "ghachar ghochar"--a nonsense phrase uttered by one meaning something tangled beyond repair, a knot that can't be untied.

Elegantly written and punctuated by moments of unexpected warmth and humor, Ghachar Ghochar is a quietly enthralling, deeply unsettling novel about the shifting meanings--and consequences--of financial gain in contemporary India.

Vivek Shanbhag is the author of eight works of fiction and two plays, all of which have been published to wide acclaim in the South Indian language Kannada. He was a Fall 2016 resident at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. The first of his books to appear in English, Ghachar Ghochar was excerpted in Granta's 2015 India issue.

Srinath Perur (translator) is a writer and translator whose work has appeared in n+1, Granta, and the Guardian. He is the author of If It's Monday It Must Be Madurai, published by Penguin India.

 
Ghachar Ghochar: A Novel By Vivek Shanbhag, Srinath Perur (Translated by) Cover Image
By Vivek Shanbhag, Srinath Perur (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143111689
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: Penguin Books - February 7th, 2017

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 7:30pm

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Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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