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'Best Books of the Year', 2015
Sunday Guardian

'A voice I haven’t heard before in Indian writing in English.' The Hindu Business Line

'Kaushik Barua's latest book offers an insight into contemporary urban life.' The Week

'Barua indulges in the cartography of urban loneliness, and delivers a map of this terrifying experience with finesse... Barua is aware of his genre, of the lonely tower in which he wishes to see his reflection – a tower inhabited by the likes of Nietzsche, Joyce, Eliot and others who have explored the alienation of modern life.' Daily O

' Barua’s mastery of an exquisite prose, cultured in the inconsequential details of everydayness, architectured by the banality of ambitions, introduces a beautifully and artfully crafted piece.' Scroll

'A zany take on the escapism culture of the rootless Facebook generation... pushing the boundaries of Indian writing in English.' Khaleej Times

'No Direction Rome reflects some melancholic truths about our capitalistic, contemporary times through its dark but effective humour' The Pioneer

'An unflinching commentary on the aspirations and fears of today's social-media-obsessed youth.' Economic Times

No Direction Rome 'captures a zeitgeist of the merging of social media with actual society'. Asian Review of Books

'This is a funny novel but the laughter is often edged with a jaded, corrosive cynicism.' Indian Express

'Through the prose glimmers Joyce, Eliot and Nietzsche, and the author is well aware that he is treading in their footsteps' Asian Age

'No Direction Rome does not wear any badges of Indian Writing in English. It stands on its own, with a post-modernist tone. It's a slow read that grows on you and brings realizations and memories of classic prose, perhaps James Joyce or Jack Kerouac' Earthen Lamp Journal

‘Violently funny and epically tragic, Barua's writing is tragicomic genius. F***ing brilliant.’ Janice Pariat

From the winner of the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar 2014- the Young Writer Award from the National Academy of Letters.

A portrait of the stoner as a young man.

Krantik is cynical, jaded and utterly bored. He’s also a paranoid hypochondriac. An Indian working in Rome, he drifts aimlessly through a failed engagement with the assistance of several intoxicants and a short-lived love affair. Krantik's personal revelations and delusions of grandeur – exquisitely funny and devastatingly poignant -- expose the hollowness of social mores and the anxieties of a rootless generation. This is a clever, bizarre tour de force, part noir, part philosophical and entirely likable.

Kerouac meets James Joyce meets Harold & Kumar meets Jonathan Lethem in this wildly inventive love letter to a city that critically acclaimed author Kaushik Barua has lived in and loved for years.
Book Details:

Publisher: Fourth Estate/ HarperCollins India
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9789351770602

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