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English, August: An Indian Story

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781590171790
Author(s): Upamanyu Chatterjee
Format: Paperback
Year: 2006
Publisher: New York Review of Books
Dimensions: 143 x 200 x 23 (w x l x h)
Pages: 336
Series: New York Review Books Classics

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Agastya Sen, known to friends by the English name August, is a child of the Indian elite. His friends go to Yale and Harvard. August himself has just landed a prize government job. The job takes him to Madna, "the hottest town in India," deep in the sticks. There he finds himself surrounded by incompetents and cranks, time wasters, bureaucrats, and crazies. What to do? Get stoned, shirk work, collapse in the heat, stare at the ceiling. Dealing with the locals turns out to be a lot easier for August than living with himself." English, August "is a comic masterpiece from contemporary India. Like "A Confederacy of Dunces" and "The Catcher in the Rye," it is both an inspired and hilarious satire and a timeless story of self-discovery.

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