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The Story of My Assassins

by Tarun J. Tejpal

The Story of My Assassins
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  • First Published:
    Oct 2012, 544 pages
    Paperback:
    Aug 2013, 544 pages

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Tarun J. Tejpal draws on his journalistic background to create a fictional panorama that questions perceptions of victimhood.

Tarun J. Tejpal is the editor of India's investigative news magazine, Tehelka (translated as "sensational"), which is known for exposing corruption; and, according to a 2009 BusinessWeek profile, is one of India's most powerful figures. In his latest novel, The Story of My Assassins – a hardboiled account of life on the fringes – he draws on his journalistic background to create a fictional panorama that questions perceptions of victimhood. In an unusual twist, Tejpal asks readers to consider the possibility that the criminals themselves may be victims of a complex plot against them.

At the start of the tale, the narrator, who is a journalist at a floundering publication in New Delhi, hears that he has been targeted, for what he will later assume to be his controversial reportage, and that his five would-be assassins have been apprehended. He is quickly whisked under police...

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