Shantaram: A Novel

Gregory David Roberts

"It took me many years and many of the international to profit what i do know approximately love and destiny and the alternatives we make, however the middle of it got here to me directly, whereas i used to be chained to a wall and being tortured."

So starts this epic, spell binding first novel set within the underworld of latest Bombay. Shantaram is narrated through Lin, an escaped convict with a fake passport who flees greatest protection legal in Australia for the teeming streets of a urban the place he can disappear.

Accompanied by means of his consultant and devoted pal, Prabaker, the 2 input Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy males, squaddies and actors, and Indians and exiles from different international locations, who search during this amazing position what they can not locate elsewhere.

As a hunted guy with no domestic, kin, or id, Lin searches for romance and that means whereas working a health center in a single of the city's poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship at midnight arts of the Bombay mafia. the hunt leads him to conflict, legal torture, homicide, and a chain of enigmatic and bloody betrayals. The keys to unencumber the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held via humans. the 1st is Khader Khan: mafia godfather, criminal-philosopher-saint, and mentor to Lin within the underworld of the Golden urban. the second one is Karla: elusive, harmful, and gorgeous, whose passions are pushed by means of secrets and techniques that torment her and but provide her a negative power.

Burning slums and five-star inns, romantic love and legal agonies, felony wars and Bollywood motion pictures, non secular authorities and mujaheddin guerrillas---this large novel has the realm of human event in its achieve, and a passionate love for India at its center. in line with the lifetime of the writer, it's by means of any degree the debut of a rare voice in literature.

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