The Tiger By The River

The Tiger By The River

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Swati Varma is one of modern Delhi's more bleesed inhabitants. Then on brilliant morning when the world seemed cleansed by the coming of the rains, the unthinkable happens: his pregnant wife is killed in a road accident. Devastated, Swati makes a pilgrimage back to the land of his forebears, Panayur, in the state of Kerala, to scatter his beloved's ashes in the sacred waters of the Papanasini river.

Returning to this long-forgotten world, he is reunited with a childhood companion who now cares for the crumbling, ghost-filled palace that was his home. For Panayur - seemingly still free from the religious turmoil that threatens so much of the country - was once a kingdom, and Swati is the direct descendant of the its last king. As two friends talk, share memories and exchagne secrets, thousands of miles away, Vel - a cousin Swati never kew he had - sets out on a quest for the truth about his family that will take him from America, to Berlin and, ultimately, to Panayur.

And so begins an extraordinary and healing journey. One that will lead both Swati and Vel back through the cruel, vibrant, myth-filled history of the kings of Panayur to the legend that lies at its heart - the legend of the tiger by the river...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 17mm | 200g
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 port.
  • 0552771821
  • 9780552771825

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"A majestic novel of love and loss'" * Books * "'Full of stories and overlapping voices, teeming with history and myth...Etteth negotiates the cultures of west and east and the narratives of folklore and modernity with a rare and appealing skill'" * Sunday Herald * "'The Tiger by the River dazzles with its intricate plotting and stylish prose'" -- David Davidar, author of The House of Blue Mangoes "'A heady mix of mythology and myth-making...a rewarding, atmospheric read, laden with ghosts'" * Time Out *
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About Ravi Shankar Etteth

Born in 1960, Ravi Shankar Etteth is the Deputy Editor of India Today magazine. He is also a political cartoonist and graphic artist. A collection of his short stories has been published in India, and he has written two novels, The Tiger by the River and The Village of Widows. He lives in New Delhi with his two dogs and a cat.
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36 ratings
2.75 out of 5 stars
5 11% (4)
4 14% (5)
3 28% (10)
2 33% (12)
1 14% (5)
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