Released on 22 March 2018.

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Swimmer Among the Stars

3.78 based on 311 ratings & 63 reviews on Goodreads.com

Synopsis

‘I greatly admired the imaginative range and adventurousness of Kanishk Tharoor’s stories in Swimmer Among the Stars’ Pankaj Mishra, Guardian ‘Best Books of 2017’

'Swimmer Among the Stars announces the arrival of a writer who is gifted not just with extraordinary talent but also with a subtle, original and probing mind.' Amitav Ghosh

An interview with the last speaker of a language. A chronicle of the final seven days of a town that is about to be razed to the ground by an invading army. The lonely voyage of an elephant from Kerala to a princess's palace in Morocco. A fabled cook who flavours his food with precious stones. A coterie of international diplomats trapped in near-Earth orbit.

The stories in Swimmer Among the Stars reveal an extraordinary young storyteller in Kanishk Tharoor, whose tales emerge from a tradition that includes the creators of the Arabian Nights, Italo Calvino, Jorge Luis Borges, Angela Carter and other ancient and modern masters of the fable.

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An exemplary debut . . . Working with the vast riches of fables, epics, mythologies, folk tales, histories . . . Tharoor spins a weave that is for all time, yet peculiarly, achingly of the present . . . This is a talent whose time has come.
Mint
Tharoor's prose is rich, imaginative and free of needless complexities; it is the plots of the stories that stand out with their edgy unpredictability . . . A fascinating read, Swimmer Among the Stars promises great things to come from its young author.
New Indian Express
A magnificent collection of short fiction. It transports one into a different world, especially with its minute details, achieving the near-impossible with words.
The Hindu