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Swimmer Among the Stars

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'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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Each story expertly explores a tantalisingly different worldview – resulting in a near-perfect collection.
Manchester Evening News
Kanishk Tharoor’s debut has an impressively wide scope. Its 13 stories skip through countries, continents, and centuries in past and future . . . Highly playful and imaginative.
Financial Times
[A] remarkably crafted and imaginative debut collection of stories that span space and time . . . Tharoor is sensitive to inequality and acts of exploitation, both deliberate and unintentional . . . The experience of reading this collection is like watching a contemplative, concerned – yet playful – observer leafing through its volumes.
New York Times