Shantaram

Shantaram
Author: Gregory David Roberts
Pages: 944
ISBN: 9781429908276
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Release: 2004-10-13
Editor: St. Martin's Press
Language: en

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"It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured." So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel by Gregory David Roberts, set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere. As a hunted man without a home, family, or identity, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The search leads him to war, prison torture, murder, and a series of enigmatic and bloody betrayals. The keys to unlock the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held by two people. The first is Khader Khan: mafia godfather, criminal-philosopher-saint, and mentor to Lin in the underworld of the Golden City. The second is Karla: elusive, dangerous, and beautiful, whose passions are driven by secrets that torment her and yet give her a terrible power. Burning slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison agonies, criminal wars and Bollywood films, spiritual gurus and mujaheddin guerrillas---this huge novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a passionate love for India at its heart. Based on the life of the author, it is by any measure the debut of an extraordinary voice in literature.

Shantaram

Shantaram
Author: Gregory David Roberts,Almut Werner
Pages: 1087
ISBN: 344247308X
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Release: 2010
Editor: Unknown
Language: de

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Shantaram

Shantaram
Author: Gregory David Roberts
Pages: 944
ISBN: 9781405516976
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Release: 2012-06-28
Editor: Hachette UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

'A literary masterpiece . . . at once erudite and intimate, reflective and funny . . . it has the grit and pace of a thriller' Daily Telegraph A novel of high adventure, great storytelling and moral purpose, based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld. 'In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail. Then, in case anyone thought he was slacking, he acted in Bollywood and fought with the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan . . . Amazingly, Roberts wrote Shantaram three times after prison guards trashed the first two versions. It's a profound tribute to his willpower . . . At once a high-kicking, eye-gouging adventure, a love saga and a savage yet tenderly lyrical fugitive vision.' Time Out

Shantaram

Shantaram
Author: Gregory David Roberts
Pages: 944
ISBN: 174198730X
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Release: 2009-07-01
Editor: Picador Australia
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"A publishing phenomenon" Sunday Times It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured. Shantaram is a novel based on the life of the author, Gregory David Roberts. In 1978 Roberts was sentenced to nineteen years imprisonment as punishment for a series of robberies of building-society branches, credit unions, and shops he had committed while addicted to heroin. In July 1980 he escaped from Victoria's maximum-security prison in broad daylight, thereby becoming one of Australia's most wanted men for what turned out to be the next ten years. For most of this period he lived in Bombay. He set up a free health clinic in the slums, acted in Bollywood movies, worked for the Bombay mafia as a forger, counterfeiter, and smuggler and, as a gun-runner, resupplied a unit of mujaheddin guerrilla fighters in Afghanistan. This is the setting of Shantaram. Apart from having this highly unusual personal background, Greg Roberts is a very gifted writer. His book is a blend of vivid dialogue, unforgettable characters, amazing adventures, and superb evocations of Indian life. It can be read as a vast, extended thriller, as well as a superbly written meditation on the nature of good and evil. It is a compelling tale of a hunted man who had lost everything - his home, his family, and his soul - and came to find his humanity while living at the wildest edge of experience. Gregory David Roberts retired from public life in 2014 to devote time to his family and new writing projects. The Mountain Shadow, sequel to Shantaram, is available now. PRAISE FOR SHANTARAM "A literary masterpiece ... at once erudite and intimate, reflective and funny ... it has the grit and pace of a thriller" Daily Telegraph "Powerful and original ... a remarkable achievement" Sunday Telegraph "Extraordinarily vivid ... a gigantic, jaw-dropping, grittily authentic saga" Daily Mail "At once a high-kicking, eye-gouging adventure, a love saga and a savage yet tenderly lyrical fugitive vision." Time Out Fans of Vikram Seth, John Irving and David Mitchell will love Shantaram.

Shantaram

Shantaram
Author: David Roberts
Pages: 800
ISBN: 8365282313
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Release: 2016-01
Editor: Unknown
Language: pl

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Shantaram

Shantaram
Author: Gregory David Roberts
Pages: 871
ISBN: 2080689177
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Release: 2006
Editor: Unknown
Language: fr

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Bombay, années 1970. Lin, homme en cavale, évadé d'une prison australienne, atterrit dans les rues de la capitale économique indienne. Il finit par entrer dans la mafia de Bombay.... De l'incendie du bidonville aux hôtels cinq étoiles, de la guerre des gangs aux films de Bollywood, des gourous spirituels aux guérillas des moudjahidin, ce roman épique entraîne dans une Inde fascinante.

Shantaram

Shantaram
Author: Gregory David Roberts
Pages: 1184
ISBN: 9788854504851
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Release: 2010-12-23T00:00:00+01:00
Editor: Neri Pozza Editore
Language: it

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Il bus della scalcagnata Veterans' Bus Service, una compagnia di veterani dell'esercito indiano, è appena arrivato al capolinea di Colaba, la zona di Bombay dove si concentrano gli alberghi a buon mercato. Greg è il primo a mettere piede sul predellino e a farsi largo tra la folla di faccendieri, venditori di droga e trafficanti d'ogni genere in attesa davanti alla portiera. Ha una chitarra a tracolla, un passaporto falso in tasca e un turbinio di pensieri ed emozioni in testa. Nel tragitto dall'aeroporto a Colaba ha pensato di essere sbarcato in una città dopo una catastrofe. Davanti ai suoi occhi si è spalancata una distesa sterminata di miserabili rifugi fatti di stracci, fogli di plastica e carta, stuoie e stecchi di bambù. In preda allo stupore, Greg ha visto donne bellissime avvolte in stoffe azzurre e dorate incedere a piedi nudi in quella rovina, e uomini dai denti candidi e dagli occhi a mandorla, bambini dalle membra incredibilmente aggraziate. Ovunque, poi, aleggiava un odore acre e intenso. Quell'odore in cui, a Bombay, fiuti di colpo l'aroma del mare e il metallo delle macchine, il trambusto, il sonno, la lotta per la vita, i fallimenti e gli amori di milioni di esseri umani. Greg è un uomo in fuga. Dopo la separazione dalla moglie e l'allontanamento dalla sua bambina, la vita si è trasformata per lui in un abisso senza fine. Era un giovane studioso di filosofia e un brillante attivista politico all'università di Melbourne, è diventato «un rivoluzionario che ha soffocato i propri ideali nell'eroina», un «filosofo che ha smarrito l'integrità nel crimine», uno dei «most wanted men» australiani, condannato a 19 anni di carcere per una lunga serie di rapine a mano armata, catturato e scappato dal carcere di massima sicurezza di Pentridge. Eccolo ora a Bombay, nel bizzarro assortimento della sua folla, con i documenti di un certo Linsday in tasca e una strana esilarante gioia nel cuore A Bombay, infatti, il destino ha calato per Greg la sua carta. A Bombay, diventerà uno Shantaram, un «uomo della pace di Dio», allestirà un ospedale per i mendicanti e gli indigenti, reciterà nei film di Bollywood, stringerà relazioni pericolose con la mafia indiana. Da Bombay partirà per due guerre, in Afghanistan e in Pakistan, tra le fila dei combattenti islamici Accolto al suo apparire come un vero e proprio capolavoro letterario, capace di pagine di «inesorabile bellezza» (Kirkus Reviews), Shantaram non è solo «una saga gigantesca e vera» (London Daily Mail), ma anche uno di quei rari romanzi in cui l'ostinata ricerca del bene tocca realmente la mente e il cuore.

Shantaram

Shantaram
Author: Gregory David Roberts
Pages: 1088
ISBN: 9783641012175
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Release: 2009-03-11
Editor: Goldmann Verlag
Language: de

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Ein Mann auf der Flucht – Eine Stadt, die nie schläft – Und die Gnade einer befreienden Liebe Shantaram erzählt in fiktionaler Form die Geschichte von Roberts’ eigenem Leben: Als der Australier Lindsay in Bombay strandet, hat er zwei Jahre seiner Gefängnisstrafe abgesessen und ist auf der Flucht vor Interpol. Zu seinem Glück begegnet er dem jungen Inder Prabaker, der ihn unter seine Fittiche nimmt. Auf ihren Streifzügen durch die exotische Metropole schließen die beiden eine innige Freundschaft. Von Prabaker lernt Lindsay nicht nur die Landessprache, sondern auch, mit sich ins Reine zu kommen: Er wird zu „Shantaram“, einem „Mann des Friedens“ und kämpft für die Ärmsten der Armen. Doch dann verfällt Lindsay der geheimnisvollen Karla, einer Deutsch-Amerikanerin mit dubiosen Kontakten zur Unterwelt ... Ein Roman, so leidenschaftlich wie der Herzschlag Indiens, voller Wahrheit und Poesie.

SHANTARAM

SHANTARAM
Author: Gregory David Roberts,Tr. Aparna Velankar
Pages: 1412
ISBN: 8184980531
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Release: 2010-04-01
Editor: Unknown
Language: mr

Explanation of the Book:

Novel based on Australian bank robber and heroin addict who escaped from Pentridge Prison and fled to India where he lived for 10 years; real events.

The Mountain Shadow

The Mountain Shadow
Author: Gregory David Roberts
Pages: 874
ISBN: 9781939126238
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Release: 2015-10-13
Editor: Zola Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Shantaram introduced millions of readers to a cast of unforgettable characters in the hidden heart of Bombay through Lin, an Australian fugitive, working as a passport forger for a branch of the Bombay mafia. In The Mountain Shadow, the long awaited sequel, Lin must find his way in a Bombay run by a different generation of mafia dons, playing by a different set of rules. It has been two years since the events in Shantaram, and since Lin lost two people he had come to love: his father figure, Khaderbhai, and his soul mate, Karla, married to a handsome Indian media tycoon. Lin returns from a smuggling trip to a city that seems to have changed too much, too soon. Many of his old friends are long gone, the new mafia leadership has become entangled in increasingly violent and dangerous intrigues, and a fabled holy man challenges everything that Lin thought he'd learned about love and life. But Lin can't leave the Island City: Karla, and a fatal promise, won't let him go.

V Shantaram

V  Shantaram
Author: Madhura Pandit Jasraj
Pages: 328
ISBN: 9789384544416
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Release: 2015-07-15
Editor: Hay House, Inc
Language: en

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He immortalized movies on celluloid… An authentic, heartfelt, insightful and comprehensive account of one of India’s most respected and eminent filmmakers, who was an institution in himself… V. Shantaram (1901–90) stands out as a colossus in Indian cinema. As one of the pioneers in this field, he honed his skills not only as a producer and director but also as an actor, writer, cameraman, technician and editor. He effectively used the medium of cinema as a vehicle for creating awareness about numerous social problems (such as communalism, dowry and the cycle of debt and poverty) and tried to bring about a change in society. This riveting biography – penned by his daughter – brings alive the life and times of Shantaram and his contemporaries, while simultaneously throwing light on a bygone era of Indian cinema marked by struggles, uncertainties and difficulties but yet infused with hope, perseverance and determination. Among Shantaram’s prominent creations in Hindi are Ayodhya Ka Raja (1932), Sairandhari (1933; India’s first colour film), Amrit Manthan (1934), Duniya Na Maane (1937), Aadmi (1939), Padosi (1941), Dr Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani (1946), Dahej (1950), Janak Janak Pyal Baaje (1955), Do Aankhen Barah Haath (1957), Navrang (1959), Sehra (1963), Geet Gaya Pattharon Ne (1964) and Pinjra (1972)

Shantaram

Shantaram
Author: Gregory Roberts
Pages: 944
ISBN: 9789173374385
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Release: 2012-05-23
Editor: Brombergs Bokförlag
Language: sv

Explanation of the Book:

Shantaram är Gregory David Roberts egen berättelse från de händelserika och omtumlande åren som förrymd fånge i Bombays undre värld. I ett av stadens slumområden öppnar han en sjukvårdsmottagning för de fattiga och nödställda. Han arbetar för maffian som pengatvättare och förfalskare och följer med maffialedaren Abdel Khader Khan till Afghanistan för att förse mujaheddin med vapen i kampen mot ryssarna. Hans kastas i indiskt fängelse och får utstå tortyr och svält. I den grönögda och mystiska Karla möter han kärleken. Shantaram är ett niohundra sidor långt läsäventyr och en varm och innerlig kärleksförklaring till staden Bombay och dess människor. Det är en hård och rå värld Roberts beskriver, men det är en värld där kärleken, lojaliteten och vänskapen alltid står i centrum.

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    nt  r
Author: Gregory David Roberts,Ke. Pi Uṇṇi
Pages: 646
ISBN: 8126442166
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Release: 2013
Editor: Unknown
Language: ml

Explanation of the Book:

Novel on Australian bank robber and heroin addict who escaped from Australian Prison and fled to India where he lived in Mumbai for ten years; real events.

Come From Away Welcome to the Rock

Come From Away  Welcome to the Rock
Author: Irene Sankoff,David Hein
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780316422215
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Release: 2019-09-24
Editor: Hachette Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Come From Away: Welcome to the Rock - a fully illustrated companion volume to the hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, featuring the book and lyrics for the first time in print, backstage stories and the real history behind the show's events, character design sketches, and songs that ended up on the cutting room floor. The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of a small town that welcomed the world. On September 11, 2001, 38 planes and 6,579 passengers were forced to land in the provincial town of Gander, Newfoundland. The local residents opened their arms to the displaced visitors, offering food, shelter, and friendship. In the days that followed, cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Come From Away: Welcome to the Rock is the ultimate companion piece to Irene Sankoff and David Hein's smash-hit musical based on that extraordinary experience. Featuring the complete book and lyrics for the first time in print, a foreword by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and exclusive photos of the company and physical production, this essential companion also includes original interviews with passengers, Gander residents, and the actors who portray them. The narrative by theater historian Laurence Maslon details the events of that memorable and challenging week and also traces the musical's development from the ten-year reunion of residents and airline passengers in Gander, where the idea for the musical was born , to the global phenomenon it is today. Come From Away: Welcome to the Rock gives an unprecedented look behind the curtain and demonstrates why the story has touched so many so deeply: Because we come from everywhere, we all come from away.

White Apples

White Apples
Author: Jonathan Carroll
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781429971683
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Release: 2010-07-01
Editor: Tor Books
Language: en

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Vincent Ettrich, a genial philanderer, discovers he has died and come back to life, but he has no idea why, or what the experience was like. Pushed and prodded by strange omens and stranger persons, he gradually learns that he was brought back by his one true love, Isabelle, because she is pregnant with their child-a child who, if raised correctly, will play a crucial role in saving the universe. But to be brought up right, he must be educated in part by his father. Specifically, he must be taught what Vincent learned on the other side-if only Vincent can remember it. On a father's love and struggle may depend the future of everything that is. By turns quirky, romantic, awesome, and irresistible, White Apples is a tale of love, fatherhood, death, and life that will leave you seeing the world with new eyes. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Murder Plays House

Murder Plays House
Author: Ayelet Waldman
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781101664605
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Release: 2005-07-05
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

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From the author of Bad Mother and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits--a mystery series featuring a Los Angeles mom... With a new arrival on the way, the Applebaum household is bursting at the seams. And Juliet is balancing clue-chasing and diaper-changing with a new task: house-hunting… Juliet loves her kids. She loves their dirty little faces and skinned knees. She loves the ridiculous and amazing things they say. But when three-and-a-half year old Isaac evicts her husband and her from their own bed one night, love is the last thing on her mind. Juliet now recognizes the need for a few changes…starting with a bigger house. And when the new baby arrives, they’ll welcome the extra space. But if there’s ever a bad time to search for a new house in L.A., it’s now. In a buyer-unfriendly real estate market, one practically has to kill to find an affordable home. No wonder Juliet is prepared to over look a corpse on the grounds of her would-be dream house. To salve her conscience—and get her foot literally in the front door—she vows to find the killer of the homeowner’s sister. The investigation leads her from the madness of house-hunting into a world of washed-up actors and canceled TV shows, a world more depraved than she could ever have imagined… “[Juliet is] a lot like Elizabeth Peters’ warm and humorous Amelia Peabody—a brassy, funny, quick-witted protagonist.”—Houston Chronicle Ayelet Waldman is the author of numerous books including Love and Treasure and the Mommy-Track Mysteries featuring Juliet Applebaum. The series includes such titles as The Big Nap, A Playdate with Death, and Death Gets a Time-Out.

Bombay Novels

Bombay Novels
Author: Anonim
Pages: 388
ISBN: 9781527525528
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Release: 2019-01-15
Editor: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Mumbai? Bombay? How do we explain this city and ourselves within it? How do the city and the city dweller together allow for representations of urban life to arise in literature and the fine arts? This book is an understanding of Mumbai, both as an architectural and literary space, through the lens of spatial criticism and the technique of flânerie. As an icon of experiences, Mumbai is felt through the simultaneous acts of walking, observing, remembering and articulating. In analyzing four novels, namely Baumgartner’s Bombay, Ravan and Eddie, Shantaram and Baluta, the book claims that the characters and their authors offer an alternative vision of the city, as they also construct a transient place for themselves. This act of flânerie is an act of transgression as it turns the outside into the inside, changing public space into private space. As the characters serve to disrupt meaning, uncover hidden histories and expose power relations involved in the representation of place, they actualize many possibilities and meanings. Using the novel as a literary device, the authors have told stories, not only of the protagonist-flâneur, but also of people around them; sometimes in detail, sometimes in passing. In contesting, claiming and owning the lives, the stories, and the city, the humane aspect is never forgotten.

A Suitable Boy

A Suitable Boy
Author: Vikram Seth
Pages: 1368
ISBN: 0140230335
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Release: 1994
Editor: Penguin Books India
Language: en

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Matrimania

Matrimania
Author: Gita Aravamudan
Pages: 112
ISBN: 377574519X
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Release: 2018-11-30
Editor: Hatje Cantz
Language: en

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All that is great about a country and all that is wrong with it can be summarised by a single wedding, says Indian photographer Mahesh Shantaram (*1977) and member of Agence VU'. In his documentary work, he mostly studies the complex societal system of his home country. Working as a wedding photographer, he had privileged access to a cross-section of celebrations of the Indian upper- and middle-class society. Young adults assume the role of princes and princesses in a Bollywood-like fantasy often choreographed by their parents. On the periphery, a multitude of workers entertain crowds, cater to thousands of guests, and keep the show going on for days. Using images culled from over 150 weddings and created in the course of six years, the photo series Matrimania constructs a fictional narrative--an alternative wedding album--that depicts one long wedding night in India. Matrimania is a personal take on 21st century India's contradictions seen through the prism of its wedding culture.

Maximum City

Maximum City
Author: Suketu Mehta
Pages: 560
ISBN: 9780307574312
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Release: 2009-10-21
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A native of Bombay, Suketu Mehta gives us an insider’s view of this stunning metropolis. He approaches the city from unexpected angles, taking us into the criminal underworld of rival Muslim and Hindu gangs, following the life of a bar dancer raised amid poverty and abuse, opening the door into the inner sanctums of Bollywood, and delving into the stories of the countless villagers who come in search of a better life and end up living on the sidewalks. As each individual story unfolds, Mehta also recounts his own efforts to make a home in Bombay after more than twenty years abroad. Candid, impassioned, funny, and heartrending, Maximum City is a revelation of an ancient and ever-changing world.