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The Peacock Throne

The Peacock Throne

October 31, 1984 begins like any other day for Gopal Pandey as he sets up his tea stall in a lane off Chandni Chowk the most magnificent and crowded street in all Delhi. At its head lies Red Fort, once the home of the gem-encrusted Peacock Throne, symbol of the Mughal Empires dazzling might, and of its downfall. By the end of the day, Indira Gandhi has been assassinated, violent riots have erupted and Gopal is the bemused possessor of a large sum of money. Fourteen turbulent years and four dramatic turning points in Indian history later, this myopic, bumbling man stands on the verge of immense political power.

Gopals unlikely journey is a tale of accidents, scheming, murder and tragedy, religious and political rivalries, corruption and hubris. Irreverent, farcical and as enlightening as it is entertaining, THE PEACOCK THRONE is a novel of breathtaking scope and reach, which looks deep into the heart of human nature and into the soul of modern India.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 6th March 2008

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9780340899724

Reviews

'The story is teeming with life. Saraf's incredible attention to detail brings the sights, sounds and smells of Delhi right off the page...a fascinating read'
Lianne Kolirin, <i> Daily Express </i>
'Wonderful...Bleak and shocking as well as entertaining and comical, Sujit Saraf's intelligent novel is a remarkable feat.'
Angela McGee, <i> Sunday Express </i>
'One of the best novels I have read this year'
Tabish Khair, <i> New Statesman </i>
'Gives a more truthful picture of twenty-first-century India than anything in the earnest pages of the Wall Street Journal...a terrific read'
Chandak Sengoopta, <i> Independent </i>
'Every self-interested acquaintance, every class and caste, all are pinned down and exposed by Saraf's prose. He has a gift for getting under the skin of a vast range of humanity...highly entertaining'
Kevin Rushby, <i> Guardian </i>
'Teems with memorable characters and historical figures, plots and subplots...Saraf's rambunctious commentary on the nature of greed and mendacity is enthralling, but it's the lives of the ordinary people that provide the real drama'
Eithne Farry, <i>Daily Mail</i>
'His cast of characters is large, various and skilfully drawn, and the chaotic life of the city is brilliantly evoked'
Lindy Burleigh, <i> Daily Telegraph </i>
the ambitious scope of his epic is remarkable
The Observer