The Book of Chocolate Saints

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Author: Jeet Thayil

9789386021038 | HB | pp. 512 | 2017 | Aleph Book Company

In The Book of Chocolate Saints the author tells the story of Newton Francis Xavier India’s greatest living painter. Who decides at the age of sixty-six to travel back to India from New York for one final show of his work.

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In incandescent prose, award-winning novelist Jeet Thayil tells the story of Newton Francis Xavier, blocked poet, serial seducer of young women, reformed alcoholic (but only just), philosopher, recluse, all-round wild man and India’s greatest living painter. At the age of sixty-six, Xavier, who has been living in New York, is getting ready to return to the land of his birth to stage one final show of his work (accompanied by a mad bacchanal). As we accompany Xavier and his partner and muse ‘Goody’ on their unsteady and frequently sidetracked journey from New York to New Delhi, the venue of the final show, we meet a host of memorable characters—the Bombay poets of the seventies and eighties, ‘poets who sprouted from the soil like weeds or mushrooms or carnivorous new flowers, who arrived like meteors, burned bright for a season or two and vanished without a trace’, journalists, conmen, murderers, alcoholics, addicts, artists, whores, society ladies, thugs—and are also given unforgettable (and sometimes unbearable) insights into love, madness, poetry, sex, painting, saints, death, God and the savagery that fuels all great art.

Narrated in a huge variety of voices and styles, all of which blend seamlessly into
a novel of remarkable accomplishment, The Book of Chocolate Saints is the sort of literary masterpiece that only comes along once in a very long time.

Additional information

Author:

Jeet Thayil

ISBN:

9789386021038

Binding:

Hardback

Pages:

512

Year of Publication:

2017

Publisher:

Aleph Book Company

Edition:

First

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

The author was born in Mamalasserie, Kerala, and educated in Bombay, Hongkong and New York. His four poetry collections include English and These Errors Are Correct, which won the 2013 Sahitya Akademi Award for poetry in English. He is the editor of 60 Indian Poets and The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets, and is a visiting professor of poetry at the University of Goa. He wrote the libretto for the Opera Babur in London, which toured Switzerland and the United Kingdom in 2012.

His first novel, Narcopolis (2012), set in Bombay in the 1970s and ’80s,was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

He lives in New Delhi, India.

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