An Obedient Father

An Obedient Father

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A stunning novel about family secrets, hailed nationwide
as a masterpiece.
Ram Karan, a corrupt official in the New Delhi school system, lives in one of the city's slums with his widowed daughter and his little granddaughter. Bumbling, sad, ironic, Ram is also a man corroded by a terrible secret. With the assassination of the politician Rajiv Gandhi, Ram is plunged into a series of escalating and possibly deadly political betrayals. As he tries to save his family, his daughter reveals a crime he had hoped was long buried-and Ram, struggling to survive, must make amends after a life of deception. Taking the reader deep into a world of Indian families and politics, gangsters and movie stars, riots and morgues, An Obedient Father is an astonishing fiction debut, a work of rare sensibilities that presents a character as tormented, funny, and morally ambiguous as one of Dostoyevsky's antiheroes.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 300 pages
  • 137.16 x 200.66 x 30.48mm | 294.83g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0156012030
  • 9780156012034
  • 2,167,718

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"A cunning, dismaying and beautifully conceived portrait of a corrupt man in a corrupt society."-Richard Eder, The New York Times
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872 ratings
3.32 out of 5 stars
5 16% (138)
4 28% (242)
3 35% (303)
2 16% (140)
1 6% (49)
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