Winner of DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2012
Won Commonwealth Book Prize 2012
Shortlisted for Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2011.
About the Book: Chinaman
Shehan Karunatilaka's debut novel, Chinaman, features a suicide, several alcoholics and almost no volleyball. It also features a midget, a man accused of paedophilia, match-fixers, terrorists, dodgy government officials, an ambidextrous spin-bowler and more than you will ever need to know about cricket.
WG Karunasena, the 64-year-old narrator of Chinaman, is a grumpy old man in an endearing Walter Matthau kind of way. He's convinced that "unlike life, sport matters". WeeGee or Wije, as he is known to his friends, is a retired sports journalist who is dying because he persists in doing shots with breakfast. He loves his wife Sheila, would take bullets for her and their son, Garfield (named after Sobers, not the cat), but he also knows that sport is somehow bigger than this. "In 30 years, the world will not care about how I lived," Wije says. "But in a hundred years, Bulgarians will still talk of Letchkov and how he expelled the mighty Germans from the 1994 World Cup with a simple header."
About the Author: Shehan Karunatilaka
Shehan Karunatilaka , 35, a debutant Sri Lankan novelist, is a self-confessed casual cricket fan who had no long-cherished ambitions to be a novelist.
|Publisher:||Random House India|
|Number of Pages:||408|
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