Jasoda is as compelling and powerful as Nagarkar’s other novels but uniquely itself in the gut-wrenching story it tells of the sordid uses of power, the suffering it causes, and the human spirit that rises above it.
Kiran Nagarkar’s Seven Sixes are Forty-three does not represent any style, system or genre. Or, for that matter, anything that can be generalized. It is the ticking of a very original mind, recorded and played back. It is the private view of Kushank looking at himself and at the world. In the telling of his story, Kiran Nagarkar has broken all the accepted rules in the book, to advantage.
No recent book has the strength and complexity of Cuckold, and none offers such rewards. By choosing the husband of Mirabai as his protagonist, Nagarkar is able to fashion a dazzling narrative infused with multiple layers of philosophical, historical and spiritual meaning. The book contains many moods and registers. These range from a vivid, racy narrative voice which mocks those who demand historical fiction be served up as a comfortable period piece, to scenes of harrowing realism, to astonishingly beautiful and tranquil depictions of places. Here is writing so immediate and sensuous it leaves the reader with almost physical memories. This is not all, for the book explores in a deeply personal, introspective vein and with great subtlety and intelligence the place of love, hate, good and evil in human life. Nagarkar crowns his achievement with a stunning, illuminating ending which raises the novel to another plane and opens the reader to new possibilities. This is a very important book, one which is deeply relevant to the contemporary world and yet will undoubtedly stand the test of time.
The good news is that Ravan and Eddie are back. The better news is that Nagarkar is in pitch-perfect form.You are never released from Nagarkar’s vision of the city, but you are almost unaware of being in its thrall. You are held by the ease with which this dystopia is limned with hope…The Extras is a magnificent book. It is ambitious in its sweep but intimate in its execution. Ravan and Eddie come back to life, but with the tough love of a Maharashtrian father, there is no soft landing.
A first-rate novel… Kiran Nagarkar is a born story-teller with an unerring eye for detail, skilled in the use of words and an artist of the erotica. He will go very far.
If the high powered action sucks us down to a spiral vortex of introspection, deep, sombre and meditative like the Gambhiree river which flows through his motherland, it is because in the Maharaj Kumar, we have a character of many dimensions. He can kill an enemy general in cold blooded treachery, he can also shower his wife with the parijata blossoms that he has himself gathered with care.It is the Maharaj Kumar who invests the rest of the cast with blood, flesh and spirit. He shifts the focus from light to shadow, romance to nightmare.
Kiran Nagarkar is that rare writer who has nothing to prove except fidelity to his characters….(He) is a genuine experimentalist: he combines in his writing a tremendous instinct for storytelling with a rare openness of imagination. He is willing to go where it takes him, express it in whatever form and through whichever language. What remains constant is his subversive pleasure in fiction for its own sake. It makes him one of our most precious writers.
(Ravan and Eddie is) one of the wittiest, bawdiest, most perceptive books in contemporary Indian English literature.
Kiran Nagarkar has the touch of genius. In my opinion, he is amongst the best Indian writers of English fiction of our times… God's Little Soldier makes great reading.
Wicked, magical, hilarious, enduring: A masterpiece from one of world literature’s great cult writers.
(Nagarkar) is a born story-teller, thinker and has a way with words uniquely his own. His narration is larded with pithy observations of human behaviour, description of natural phenomenon, God, religion, music, political and social morality. And of course infused with delectable doses of erotica which though sensuous are never bawdy. You enjoy, you learn and you are made to think. What more can you ask for from an author?Cuckold is a historical fiction at its best.
(F)ascinating, complex, rewarding…(the) work of a writer at the height of his talent… (God’s Little Soldier) is insistently readable.
…Kiran Nagarkar, the leading Marathi writer whose novel Cuckold, written in English I regard as the best by an Indian…(Nagarkar) is a born story-teller, thinker and has a way with words uniquely his own. His narration is larded with pithy observations of human behaviour, description of natural phenomenon, God, religion, music, political and social morality. And of course infused with delectable doses of erotica which though sensuous are never bawdy. You enjoy, you learn and you are made to think. What more can you ask for from an author?Cuckold is a historical fiction at its best.
"God's Little Soldier" is not a good book, rather an extraordinary one, a book which might become a true classic. What makes this novel so remarkable? First of all, it is Nagarkar's exuberant talent for storytelling. When this author describes a street in Bombay, you feel as if you had to brush the dust from your clothes afterwards. But Nagarkar is a cosmopolitan, giving a sensuous quality to his prose, whether he deals with London, California or Kabul or with mathematics or architecture. And what's more, this author boasts a fine sense of humour, sometimes sharp irony, and an equally astute eye for detail. But more importantly, Nagarkar cannot only write and describe, he also has something to say..."God's Little Soldier" is slapstick and satire at times, serious as a heart attack at others, but always completely without respect for any kind of worldly or godly authority which disregards human life. Some of the truest and most beautiful sentences in this book are: "There is only one God, and her name is life. She is the only one worthy of worship. All else is irrelevant."