Set in colonial India, "The Last Song Of Dusk" follows the fortunes of Anuradha, whose fabled beauty is such that the peacocks of Udaipur gather to bid her farewell as she journeys to meet her groom, Vardhmaan, in Bombay. Anuradha's bittersweet story intertwines with that of her cousin Nandini - a seductive orphan with a dark heart, a penchant for panthers and an extraordinary gift for painting - and with the secret history and slow-burning revenge of a house. Written in Technicolour, Bollywood prose, this is a magical piece of storytelling, a novel that pirouettes between laughter and heartbreak, which will appeal to all fans of Joanne Harris, Isabel Allende and Arundhati Roy.
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(224mm x 147mm x 35mm)
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
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The Last Song of Dusk, the Shanghvi's debut novel, is a mixture of magical realism, tragic-comedy and prose verse. From the first sentence 'On the day Anuradha Patwardhan was leaving Udaipur for Bombay to marry a man she had not even met in the twenty-one years of her existence...' we are swept into a tale as old as time, populated by eccentric and beautiful characters. Anurada's marriage introduces her not just to her hardworking, tale-spinning doctor husband Vardhmaan, but a whole cast of memorable and important figures - Divi-bai, the sinister mother-in-law, and Nandini, the wild artist with a penchant for panthers, Pallivi, the neighbour with a hole in heart, to name a few. The twists in the characters' fates - all united by Anuradha - is emphasized throughout with the music of Indian culture past and present, and with references to cultural figures the world over. The Last Song of Dusk is sure to shoot up the bestseller list.(Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi
A born and bred Bombaywallah, Shanghvi was educated in India, England and America. He has written for The Sunday Times of India, Elle and the San Francisco Chronicle. Born in 1977, he has an MA in International Journalism and an MS In Mass Communications, and has worked as a chef, a kennel boy, and a storyteller.