Title Profile & Character Information

Narcopolis

Annotation
Opening in late 1970s Bombay, Thayils debut novel features a visitor from New York whos entranced with the citys underworld, particularly an opium den and brothel. Yet the characters-and the author-still look for beauty. A poet, performance artist, and musician/songwriter, Thayil should write piercingly (I love it when poets write fiction), and he eschews saffron and temple bells for a more broadly cosmopolitan voice. An intriguing possibility for smart readers.

GenreFiction
Romance
Historical
TopicsDrugs
Sex
Death
Perversion
Addiction
Love
Romantics
Gods and goddesses
Evolution
Opium
Cultural identity
SettingBombay, India
India
New York