“A deeply moving, funny, and brilliantly written account from one of India’s most original new voices.”—Katherine Boo
Like Dave Eggers’s Zeitoun
and Alexander Masters’s Stuart
, this is a tour de force of narrative reportage.
Mohammed Ashraf studied biology, became a butcher, a tailor, and an electrician’s apprentice; now he is a homeless day laborer in the heart of old Delhi. How did he end up this way? In an astonishing debut, Aman Sethi brings him and his indelible group of friends to life through their adventures and misfortunes in the Old Delhi Railway Station, the harrowing wards of a tuberculosis hospital, an illegal bar made of cardboard and plywood, and into Beggars Court and back onto the streets.
In a time of global economic strain, this is an unforgettable evocation of persistence in the face of poverty in one of the world’s largest cities. Sethi recounts Ashraf’s surprising life story with wit, candor, and verve, and A Free Man
becomes a moving story of the many ways a man can be free.
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Published October 22, 2012
by W. W. Norton & Company.
Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel, History.