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Mad Country

by Samrat Upadhyay

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Mad Country by Samrat Upadhyay
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2017
    304 pages
    Genre: Short Stories/Essays

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Eight stories which explore universal themes of love, envy, racism, and political power.

Samrat Upadhyay's new collection vibrates at the edges of intersecting cultures. Journalists in Kathmandu are targeted by the government. A Nepali man studying in America drops out of school and finds himself a part of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. A white American woman moves to Nepal and changes her name. A Nepali man falls in love with a mysterious foreign black woman. A rich kid is caught up in his own fantasies of poverty and bank robbery. In the title story, a powerful woman, the owner of a construction company, becomes a political prisoner, and in stark and unflinching prose we see both her world and her mind radically remade.

Through the course of the stories in this collection, Upadhyay builds new modes of seeing our interconnected contemporary world. A collection of formal inventiveness, heartbreak and hope, it reaffirms Upadhyay's position as one or our most important chroniclers of globalization and exile.

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"Starred Review. Brilliant but accessible gems of short fiction." - Kirkus

"This is a timely and remarkable collection." - Publishers Weekly

"Upadhyay is a deft portraitist, and his characters, lost souls more often than not, are likely to stay with readers long after the book is finished." - Booklist

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Samrat Upadhyay was born and raised in Nepal. He is author of The City Son, which was shortlisted for a PEN Open Book Award; Arresting God in Kathmandu, winner of the Whiting Award; The Royal Ghost; The Guru of Love, a New York Times Notable Book and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year; and Buddha's Orphans. He has written for The New York Times and has appeared on BBC Radio and National Public Radio. Upadhyay teaches in the creative writing program at Indiana University.

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