The Last Jet-Engine Laugh

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The most arresting Indian novel since Arundhati Roy’s ‘The God of Small Things’.

Thirty years from now, old Paresh Bhatt settles down to drink an espresso (made, somewhat ostentatiously, with real water), and reflects on the key moments of his life. But even as Paresh recalls his parents' courtship during the freedom movement of the 1930s, his daughter, Para, is in the air – a crack fighter pilot in the belligerent Indian airforce, mounting raids against the Pak-Saudi alliance…

Sharp, modern, fluent and varied, this is a debut novel from India of an utterly original kind. Joshi has found a style and a form in which to say new things about the Indian experience in a new manner.

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Ruchir Joshi's debut The Last Jet-Engine Laugh is buoyed by the belief that everything matters, that every ephemeral peak, deepening drop, every drive, every breakfast, every touch, sound and word slowly forming, extends to the heart of some fundamental genetic momentum.

Paresh is the glue of the story, son of two former non-violent revolutionaries who met on a demonstration in Ahmedabad. Detached from the urgency that fuelled his parents' convictions, he adopts a passive stance toward the events of his life, becomes an observer. His daughter, Para, in turn exposed to Paresh's haphazard experience, his lack of urgency, takes firm root in combat flying. Reaction and adaptation, circumstance and principle: through the characters' instalment in the present--1970-2000-2030--and through the evolution of one family, the future of India and Indians is skilfully conjured. In a matter of decades, India has become a militaristic power from its ascetic, caste-structured past and Para, only one generation removed from Thoreauvian pacifists, has become a war hero. The wonder of Joshi's narrative is not the fantastic leaps he takes but that he makes them so convincingly.

Ruchir Joshi is relaxed and sincere, often ironic and very funny. Those readers wary of the vigorous Indian literary invasion, those tired of Salman Rushdie's apocalyptic seriousness or still angry at Tagore for The Home and the World, will find here a strong clear voice. --Michael Kedda

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‘The brand new experience after Rushdie: a megashow, Russian in size, Indian in soul.’ India Today

‘Written in the joyous tradition of Tristram Shandy, Joshi has Sterne’s gift for digressions [and] the master’s eye for his surroundings. This is surely a great moment for Indian literature. “The Last Jet-Engine Laugh” debates whether the story of a nation can be the story of a self.’ Tom Payne, Daily Telegraph

‘Exhilarating…Joshi’s narrative jump-cuts with a surreal invention reminiscent of the work of Vonnegut.’ The Times

‘Proof positive that it’s possible for Indian writers to be wickedly cynical, funny and bitter without the scathing edge blunting the Indianness or vice versa…Put simply, “The Last Jet-Engine Laugh” is a family saga across three generations. It’s also (as most really good books are) a love story. But before you yawn and reach for the remote saying, “Yaar, saala, it’s been done before,” it ain’t quite been done like this. Joshi is a most unsuitable boy, and if there were a glass palace about, he’d be the one throwing stones.’ Anita Roy, Biblio

‘Stylish, suggestive, musical…a great moment for Indian literature.’ Daily Telegraph

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