Seven Sixes Are Forty Three
Kushank Purandare is a young writer living off the goodwill of a host of friends, relatives, and lovers while he waits to gain recognition for his work. He is witness to their struggle as modern Indians to hold on to a semblance of truth and sanity in the face of alienation, squalor, violence, and loss of hope. Nagarkar's explosive style and irreverent approach caused an e...more
The risk here is that the narrative is not temporally linear; past, present, and future are mixed together -- as for example in Heller's catch-22. Nor are the characters introduced -- the slip in and out of the novel quietly.
I do not know enough about Marathi novels or South Asian novels to understand why this caused such a stir in its time. But I can sense that many of the characteristics of Nagarkar's writing are here: supreme at ...more
Translated in English, Seven Sixes are Forty-Three is about Kushank Purandare - a writer living off the generosity of friends and lovers - who drifts about wallowing in his past and doing odd jobs. He reminisces about the people who intersect through his path and this is what forms the narrative.
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To portray the deepest human emotions is the toughest job for a writer. Kiran Nagarkar proved to be the master of the art through the book 7643.
The plot unravels with a suicide. The first chapter sets a deep impact of a mystery thriller but later transforms for a literary fiction. The story of Kushank Purandare will stay with the readers forever. The pain of reality is sure to mark the name of the author in golden letters in the history of literature.
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Nagarkar studied at the Ferguson College in ...more