Londonstani

Londonstani : A Novel

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A talented new writer whose portrayal of the serious business of assimilation and young masculinity is disturbing and hilarious Hailed as one of the most surprising British novels in recent years, Gautam Malkani's electrifying debut reveals young South Asians struggling to distinguish themselves from their parents' generation in the vast urban sprawl that is contemporary London. Chronicling the lives of a gang of four young middle-class men-Hardjit, the violent enforcer; Ravi, the follower; Amit, who's struggling to come to terms with his mother's hypocrisy; and Jas, desperate to win the approval of the others despite lusting after Samira, a Muslim girl-Londonstani, funny, disturbing, and written in the exuberant language of its protagonists, is about tribalism, aggressive masculinity, integration, alienation, bling-bling economics, and "complicated family-related shit."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 342 pages
  • 149.86 x 213.36 x 25.4mm | 340.19g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143112287
  • 9780143112280
  • 839,185

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"Artful, thought-provoking and strikingly inventive . . . An impressive, in some respects brilliant, first novel."
- Los Angeles Times

"The author's tenderness for his characters redeems them into likeability; his care for detail makes his depiction of the Hounslow rude-boy scene both hilarious and convincing."
-The New York Times Book Review
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Artful, thought-provoking and strikingly inventive . . . An impressive, in some respects brilliant, first novel. "Los Angeles Times" The authors tenderness for his characters redeems them into likeability; his care for detail makes his depiction of the Hounslow rude-boy scene both hilarious and convincing. "The New York Times Book Review"
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About Gautam Malkani

Gautam Malkani was born in West London in 1976. He was educated at Cambridge University and was appointed director of the Financial Times's Creative Business section in 2005. He completed Londonstani shortly after the bombings in London last July.
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