Tokyo Cancelled by Rana Dasgupta

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Thirteen passengers are stranded at an airport. Tokyo, their destination, is covered in snow and all flights are cancelled. To pass the night they form a huddle by the silent baggage carousels and tell one another stories. Thus begins Rana Dasgupta's Canterbury Tales for our times.
In the spirit of Borges and Calvino, Dasgupta's writing combines an energetically modern landscape with a timeless, beguiling fairy-tale ethos, while bringing to life a cast of extraordinary individuals-some lost, some confused, some happy-in a world that remains ineffable, inexplicable, and wonderful.
A Ukrainian merchant is led by a wingless bird back to a lost lover; Robert De Niro's son masters the transubstantiation of matter and turns it against his enemies; a man who manipulates other people's memories has to confront his own past; a Japanese entrepreneur risks losing everything in his obsession with a doll; a mute Turkish girl is left alone in the house of a German man who is mapping the world.
Told by people on a journey, these are stories about lives in transit, stories that grow into an epic cycle about the hopes and dreams and disappointments that connect people everywhere.

About Rana Dasgupta

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Rana Dasgupta was born in Caterbury in 1971. His first book, Tokyo Cancelled (2005), was short-listed for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and praised by Alan Cheuse in the San Francisco Chronicle as "brilliantly conceived." Visit his website at
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press, Black Cat. 400 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In one of the longer tales, an Indian techno-zillionaire with the rupees to buy fertility for his sterile Bollywood-star wife becomes the father of twins whom he separates at birth when he finds the male twin too physically grotesque to keep.

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Dasgupta takes a more didactic tone in "The Memory Editor," about the prodigal son of an investment banker who goes to work for a corporate enterprise called "MyPast™," which gathers and markets ejected memories when a London of the near future literally loses its sense of history.

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India Today

No harm in this except that his endlessly morphing plot pegs (like "a particular sort of heavily embroidered jeans, which look very cool on angry young people", to use a line from Tokyo Cancelled) sometimes threaten to become an end in themselves.

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