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Kanishk Tharoor | Swimmer Among the Stars
April 14, 2017, 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Swimmer Among the Stars
Kanishk Tharoor will be in conversation with Rajesh Parameswaran (author of I Am An Executioner) about Swimmer Among the Stars, Tharoor’s debut collection of short stories. The book won the Tata First Book prize for fiction in India and has just been published in the United States. Rajeswari Sunder Rajan will chair the session. Books will be sold at this event with a 20% discount.
About Swimmer Among the Stars:
“A writer who is gifted not just with extraordinary talent but also with a subtle, original, and probing mind.” —Amitav Ghosh
In one of the singularly imaginative stories from Kanishk Tharoor’s Swimmer Among the Stars, despondent diplomats entertain themselves by playing table tennis in zero gravity—for after rising seas destroy Manhattan, the United Nations moves to an orbiting space hotel. In other tales, a team of anthropologists treks to a remote village to record a language’s last surviving speaker intoning her native tongue; an elephant and his driver cross the ocean to meet the whims of a Moroccan princess; and Genghis Khan’s marauding army steadily approaches an unnamed city’s walls.
With exuberant originality and startling vision, Tharoor cuts against the grain of literary convention, drawing equally from ancient history and current events. His world-spanning stories speak to contemporary challenges of environmental collapse and cultural appropriation, but also to the workings of legend and their timeless human truths. Whether refashioning the romances of Alexander the Great or confronting the plight of today’s refugees, Tharoor writes with distinctive insight and remarkable assurance. Swimmer Among the Stars announces the arrival of a vital, enchanting talent.
Books will be sold at this event with a 20% discount!