From the author of The Blue Bedspread, a wonderful new novel about family, fantasy and love. Amir, Mala and their daughter are normal people. Amir goes to his office; Mala reads the newspaper; their young daughter plays alone. But Jha has not chosen to tell a tale of everyday life in Calcutta. Instead he looks inwards at the elaborate stories that people tells themselves. In the looking-glass world of the novel, nothing is quite what it seems. And yet, at the same time, it is all very familiar. If You Are Afraid of Heights is about the private journeys that people go on in their minds; about imaginations fuelled by the images and narratives of a city.
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A ghostly, elliptical piece of prose of quite magical quality. -- Evening Standard
A powerful, haunting and sometimes shocking novel that deserves to be read at one sitting and then re-read. -- Irish Times
Almost a coming of age of the Indian novel. -- John Fowles
Enchanting . . . Jha is not afraid to risk emotion, but he never falls into the trap of sentimentality. -- Daily Telegraph
Jha combines the energy of a Salman Rushdie with the precise lyricism of an Amit Chaudhuri . . . It is a powerful novel, and I found myself haunted by it. -- New York Times Book Review
This new novel by the author of The Blue Bedspread is truly one of the most profoundly original, deeply moving and extraordinarily beautiful books I have ever worked on. Raj Kamal Jha is an author to watch and this book is a real gem.
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Book Description Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0151011095
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Book Description Harcourt, Inc., Orlando, 2003. Softcover. Book Condition: New. Uncorrected Proof. 294 pages. Softcover. Brand new, uncorrected proof copy. FICTION. A breathtaking odyssey across the landscape of a changing urban India, from the author of THE BLUE BEDSPREAD. (Key Words: Fiction, Jha, Raj Kamal, India, Blue Bedspread). book. Bookseller Inventory # 15010X1