'India has produced a great novelist...a master of perpetual storytelling' V.S. Pritchett, New Yorker
What do we do when the world's walls - its family structures, its value-systems, it political forms - crumble? The central character of this novel, 'Moor' Zogoiby, only son of a wealthy, Bombay family, finds himself in such a moment of crisis. His mother, a famous painter and an emotional despot, worships beauty, but Moor is ugly, he has a deformed hand. Moor falls in love, with a married woman; when their secret is revealed, both are expelled; a suicide pact is proposed, but only the woman dies. Moor chooses to accept his fate, plunges into a life of depravity , then becomes embroiled in a major financial scandal. The violent climax is in Spain, in the studio of a painter who was once a lover of Moor's mother: Moor has, one more, to decide whether to save the life of his lover by sacrificing his own.
“'A wonderful book' Independent on Sunday”