Arresting God in Kathmandu by Samrat Upadhyay

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From the first Nepali author writing in English to be published in the West, Arresting God in Kathmandu brilliantly explores the nature of desire and spirituality in a changing society. With the assurance and unsentimental wisdom of a long-established writer, Upadhyay records the echoes of modernization throughout love and family. Here are husbands and wives bound together by arranged marriages but sometimes driven elsewhere by an intense desire for connection and transcendence. In a city where gods are omnipresent, where privacy is elusive and family defines identity, these men and women find themselves at the mercy of their desires but at the will of their society. Psychologically rich and astonishingly acute, Arresting God in Kathmandu introduces a potent new voice in contemporary fiction.

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SAMRAT UPADHYAY is the author of Arresting God in Kathmandu, which earned him a Whiting Award, and The Guru of Love, which was a New York Times Notable Book, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, a finalist for the Kiriyama Prize, and a Book Sense 76 pick. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana, and teaches creative writing and literature at Indiana University.
Published August 2, 2001 by Mariner Books. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In one of the strongest pieces here, young Kanti—on the brink of earning her Ph.D.

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In an assured and subtle manner, Upadhyay anchors small yet potent epiphanies in a place called Kathmandu, and quietly calls it home.

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Samrat Upadhyay has made literary history in two ways: besides his general introduction of Western readers to Nepal, he also introduces to us a whole new genre of family dysfunction.

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India Today

The details that make these stories identifiably Nepali are just that, details: Upadhyay lays claims to universality when he attempts to explore the edges of a world where modernity and tradition blend, clash and blend again.

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