Jeet Thayil


Born
Kerala, India

Jeet Thayil (born 1959 in Kerala) is an Indian poet, novelist, librettist and musician. He is best known as a poet and is the author of four collections: These Errors Are Correct (Tranquebar, 2008), English (2004, Penguin India, Rattapallax Press, New York, 2004), Apocalypso (Ark, 1997) and Gemini (Viking Penguin, 1992). His first novel, Narcopolis, (Faber & Faber, 2012), was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize and the Hindu Literary Prize 2013.

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Narcopolis

3.40 avg rating — 5,700 ratings — published 2012 — 29 editions
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The Book of Chocolate Saints

4.02 avg rating — 122 ratings — published 2018 — 7 editions
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These Errors Are Correct

3.65 avg rating — 34 ratings — published 2008 — 2 editions
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Collected Poems

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English: Poems [With CD]

3.89 avg rating — 38 ratings — published 2003 — 2 editions
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60 Indian Poets

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The Bloodaxe Book of Contem...

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Gemini: Poems

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Vox: New Indian Fiction

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“You've got to face facts and the fact is life is a joke, a fucking bad joke, or, no, a bad fucking joke. There's no point taking it seriously because whatever happens, and I mean whatever the fuck, the punch line is the same: you go out horizontally. You see the point? No fucking point.”
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis
tags: life

“Then there are the addicts, the hunger addicts, the rage addicts, the poverty addicts , and power addicts, and the pure addicts who are addicted not to substances but to the oblivion and the tenderness the substances engender. An addict, if you don't mind me saying so, is like a saint. What is a saint but someone who has cut himself off, voluntarily, from the world's traffic and currency.”
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis

“Women are more evolved biologically and emotionally, that’s well known
and it’s obvious. But they confuse sex and the spirit; they don’t
separate. Men, as you know, always separate: they separate
their human and dog natures.”
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis
tags: man, woman

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