Between the Assassinations

Between the Assassinations

Book - 2009
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In this short story collection set in the Indian city of Kittur sometime between the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984 and that of her son Rajiv in 1991, Adiga creates a cast of characters--from a twelve-year old boy to a Marxist-Maoist Party member--who are immersed in class struggles and their own personal denouements.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2009
ISBN: 9781439152928
1439152926
Branch Call Number: F ADI
Characteristics: 339 p. : map ; 23 cm

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ReidCooper
Sep 26, 2017

I agree with the comment comparing this novel to Naguib Mahfouz's The Harafish. Sometimes the stories briefly connect, but really this is a series of short stories which combine to give a composite portrait of a town in Karnataka in the late 1980s.

Jane60201 Mar 31, 2014

Another sharp commentary on life in India, arranged as a travel guide as well as a series of interrelated short stories dwelling on caste and class issues in a Hindu/Christian/Muslim town.

sit_walk Nov 09, 2009

It's an interesting book, although less engrossing than The White Tiger. In its serial short story approach and its crystal clarity it reminds me of Naguib Mahfouz's The Harafish, minus the continuity of that classic. But if you enjoyed Adiga's previous novel or Rohinton Mistry's Tales from Firozsha Baag then you will probably like Between The Assassinations too.

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