About the Book: Serious Men
Winner of the Hindu Best Fiction Prize 2010.
All a man really wants is to be greater than his friends. Such is the belief of Ayyan Mani, who spends his time dreaming up ways to elevate
himself above the banality of everyday life in the Mumbai slums. But this time he's hit the jackpot with a ruse so brilliant it can't possibly fail. All it needs is a little subterfuge and a willing partner-in-crime in the form of his eleven-year-old son, who is a genius. At least that's what his teachers think. But father and son might have gone a step too far, as they set in motion a chain of extraordinary events they are unable to stop …
Manu Joseph's razor-sharp wit and archly comic observations combine in this seriously unputdownable debut.
About the Author: Manu Joseph
Manu Joseph is editor of the OPEN magazine, and writes the 'Letter from India' column for the International Herald Tribune, the global edition of the New York Times. Serious Men, his first novel, has been translated into eight languages. The novel is the winner of The Hindu Best Fiction Award and was shortlisted for top international awards, including the Man Asian Literary Prize, the Commonwealth Prize for best debut and the Bollinger Everyman PG Wodehouse Prize for best comic fiction.
'Manu Joseph's satirical tale of an ostensibly new India still in thrall to its caste-ridden and sexist traditions is so much more than a mere comic caper…sophisticated entertainment' – Guardian
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