Released on 06 April 2017.

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Swimmer Among the Stars

3.77 based on 337 ratings & 68 reviews on Goodreads.com

Synopsis

'Do read this . . . I don't think I've ever read a collection which exuberantly spans such breadths of time and space.' Mark Haddon

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.

In the media

[Tharoor’s] debut work of fiction is a truly global collection: he skips as easily between continents as if he were jumping rope . . . His prose can be elegant, ironic, deadpan. Just as often, it is sweetly melancholic . . . Tharoor is clearly a monumental talent, and his debut is a pleasure, from the first page to the last.
Kirkus (starred review)
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
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