Thursday, July 06, 2006

Siddharth Dhanvant SHANGVI ... The Last Song of Dusk (2004)

THERE ARE MANY wonderful novels out there, but it is only occasionally one comes along with a voice so stridently pristine and seductive that you simply tumble willingly into its thrall. Bombay-born Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi’s The Last Song of Dusk (2004), a sprawling family saga set in turn-of-the-century India and told in luscious, sensuous prose, is a promising début. It has a strong narrative arc and tinges of magic realism; it is amazing how well Shangvi handles the long time spans without ever losing the narrative pulse of the novel.

SHANGVI Siddharth Dhanvant [1977-] Novelist. Born in Bombay, India. Novel The Last Song of Dusk (2004: winner of the 2004 Betty Trask Award for First Novel)

Novel The Last Song of Dusk (2004)


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