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The Brainfever Bird
Lev is a man who has come down in the world. Once a biological scientist, he is now a chauffeur in 'that new Russia where physicists wash windows and engineers drive trams'. So he decides to take his somewhat lethal knowledge abroad; to offer his services to a foreign government. But on the way from the airport his taxi is stopped, and he is robbed. It is in this helpless ...more
Published by Picador
(first published March 1st 2003)
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In my whole obsession with South Asian lit, this is a great one, and really different from the others. I'm not really one for science fiction, unless it's set in India! And has discussion of identity, etc as well. Very post-modern.
The book begins with one of the most brilliant Prologue...and then the white & red city unfolds...telling about his characters wrapped in the warmth of love & despair of failure Allan has well utilised them within the plot to bring the Katputli theme alive...the language is unusual & original...
One of India's post-Independence writers, Allan Sealy was born in 1951 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. After schooling in Lucknow, he attended Delhi University, then studied and worked in the United States, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. Now he spends much of his time in Dehra Dun. His eye for place and his evocative descriptions are apparent in all his novels and in his travelogue, From Yukon t ...moreMore about Irwin Allan Sealy...