I Am an Executioner by Rajesh Parameswaran

68%

13 Critic Reviews

This lively and off-kilter debut collection draws a little too heavily on the examples of Parameshwaran's US peers
-Guardian

Synopsis

An explosive, funny, wildly original fiction debut: nine stories about the power of love and the love of power, two urgent human desires that inevitably, and sometimes calamitously, intertwine.
In I Am an Executioner, Rajesh Parameswaran introduces us to a cast of heroes—and antiheroes—who spring from his riotous, singular imagination. From the lovesick tiger who narrates the unforgettable opener, “The Infamous Bengal Ming” (he mauls his zookeeper out of affection), to the ex-CompUSA employee who masquerades as a doctor; from a railroad manager in a turn-of-the-century Indian village, to an elephant writing her autobiography; from a woman whose Thanksgiving preparations put her husband to eternal rest, to the newlywed executioner of the title, these characters inhabit a marvelous region between desire and death, playfulness and violence. At once glittering and savage, daring and elegant, here are wholly unforgettable tales where reality loops in Borgesian twists and shines with cinematic exuberance, by an author who promises to dazzle the universe of American fiction.


This ebook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.
 

About Rajesh Parameswaran

See more books from this Author
Rajesh Parameswaran's stories have appeared in McSweeney's, Granta, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Fiction. "The Strange Career of Dr. Raju Gopalarajan" was one of three stories for which McSweeney's earned a National Magazine Award in 2007, and it was reprinted in The Best American Magazine Writing. He lives in New York City.
 
Published April 10, 2012 by Vintage. 272 pages
Genres: Romance, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
Bookmark Counts:
1
Want to Read
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for I Am an Executioner
All: 13 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 5

Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Ben East on May 12 2012

This lively and off-kilter debut collection draws a little too heavily on the examples of Parameshwaran's US peers

Read Full Review of I Am an Executioner | See more reviews from Guardian

Publishers Weekly

Below average
Reviewed by Nicole Aragi on Feb 27 2012

Despite this accomplishment, however, the other stories in this admirably risky debut collection vary wildly in both scope and success.

Read Full Review of I Am an Executioner | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly

NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Chandrahas Choudhury on May 13 2012

Thus realist revelation and postmodern speculation proceed in parallel, like the very railway tracks the primal Rajesh supervises. Despite their occasional contrivances, these are very much stories that make us “wonder the universe.”

Read Full Review of I Am an Executioner | See more reviews from NY Times

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Apr 10 2012

An inventive, impressive and witty book.

Read Full Review of I Am an Executioner | See more reviews from Kirkus

Washington Independent Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Phil Harvey on Apr 10 2012

Parameswaran’s stories are remarkable for their imaginative forays into the minds of animals, for depicting awkwardly unsophisticated but sympathetic and engaging Indians, and for singular, humorous sentence structures. I’m pleased to have spent time with these characters.

Read Full Review of I Am an Executioner

We Love This Book

Excellent
Reviewed by Jade Craddock on May 10 2012

I Am an Executioner is an eclectic and imaginative collection with an amazing cast of characters, stories and settings that challenges the concept of the love story.

Read Full Review of I Am an Executioner

Full Stop

Below average
Reviewed by Catie Disabato on May 25 2012

The collection, strong overall, suffers from two weak spots.

Read Full Review of I Am an Executioner

Fiction Writers Review

Below average
Reviewed by Urban White on May 25 2012

This collection might overwhelm a straight-through read. It would crumble your heart, then stomp it to pieces. After every story I had to stop and breathe, to let the feeling pass before going on to the next.

Read Full Review of I Am an Executioner

Baby Got Books

Below average
Reviewed by Baby Got Books on May 01 2012

In the end, I’m not sure what to say. I don’t know if the entire collection was worth it just for the three that I really, really liked, or if the fact that he front-loaded the book with the best story set me up for disappointment.

Read Full Review of I Am an Executioner

Huffington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Nauman Khalid on May 24 2012

Rajesh Parameswaran has a sharp sense of what makes a story work, his stories reveal their mysteries gradually and very cleverly zero in on the heart of the matter.

Read Full Review of I Am an Executioner

Capital New York

Excellent
Reviewed by Jacob Silverman on Apr 13 2012

The nine stories that make up his debut book, I Am An Executioner: Love Stories, out this week, are virtuosic things, summoning some of the wildness of the tiger that graces the cover.

Read Full Review of I Am an Executioner

Mumbai Boss

Excellent
Reviewed by Deepanjana Pal on Apr 30 2012

I Am An Executioner is thus a very impressive debut. What’s even better news is that Parameswaran is reportedly working on his first novel. All those who had resigned themselves to fictional Indian immigrants being predictable, boring and flat, pour yourselves a drink and raise a toast to Parameswaran.

Read Full Review of I Am an Executioner

Book People

Good
Reviewed by Book People on Apr 23 2012

An explosive, funny, wildly original fiction debut: nine stories about the power of love and the love of power, two urgent human desires that inevitably, and sometimes calamitously, intertwine.

Read Full Review of I Am an Executioner

Reader Rating for I Am an Executioner
74%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 21 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review

Reader reviews & activity

Jessica Marpe

Jessica Marpe 5 Sep 2013

Added the book to want to read list

×