‘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. ...
Sai ParanjypeThe Times of India
Wicked, magical, hilarious, enduring: A masterpiece from one of world literature’s great cult writers.
‘(Ravan and Eddie is) one of the wittiest, bawdiest, most perceptive books in contemporary Indian English literature.’
Prem PanickerThe Sunday Observer
‘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.’
Khushwant SinghIndia Today
An intensely colourful and lively historical novel for people with a passion for reading. Divine reading!
(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 ...
Khushwant SinghSunday Despatch
(Cuckold) is a work of substance that exists on many levels and has much to say about our own times as it has about the past. It is an exploration of the nature of kingship and statecraft. It offers a fresh vision of sainthood. It questions sexual identities. It contains ...
Jacquelin SinghIndian Review of Books
(Nagarkar’s) work can only be described as dauntingly imaginative, a feast for the mind, a virtuoso performance in the art of using language like a paintbrush to fill the eye with colour, the ear with the rhythms and cadence of poetry only thinly disguised as prose… I loved Kiran Nagarkar’s ...
Carol AndradeThe Metropolis
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 ...
Dr. Susan DaruvalaUniversity of Cambridge
In the three major sections of this incredibly imaginative, intelligent and always surprising book, we follow the path of the born fundamentalist through three world religions, and his considerable criminal career. "Zia" means "light", and this metaphor plays an important role – but, again and again, the self-styled bringer of ...
Julia SchröderStuttgarter Zeitung
Kiran Nagarkar is an outstanding figure of contemporary Indian literature.
Rainer TraubDer Spiegel
A superb novel by one of the best Indian authors … 700 luminous, wonderful, insightful pages about the essence of fundamentalism … haven't read anything as good as this for a long time.
Wolfgang HerlesZDF – aspekte
You could call Kiran Nagarkar the great dark horse of Indian literature. All the better now that his biggest work so far, "God's Little Soldier", is out this year. It is a gift you want to thank him for from the depths of your heart …"God's Little Soldier" shows how ...
(F)ascinating, complex, rewarding…(the) work of a writer at the height of his talent… (God’s Little Soldier) is insistently readable.
In the glut of recent Indian English fiction, it is only Nagarkar’s latest novel which perhaps invites comparison with Dostoevsky’s great work. As in The Brothers Karamazov, the canvas is both large and crowded with brooding and disturbing figures… Moving with the rapidity of a thriller across three continents, (God’s ...
Makarand ParanjapeIndia Today
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.
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 ...
(The Extras offers) …cunning brilliance in story-telling, in conjuring up feral sex scenes, wicked black humour and disturbing insights into human nature.'
Suparna SharmaAsian Age
Those who mourn for the alienation of the English language as and when applied to native images and attitudes, should get up and dance naked in the rain at the levels of natural fluency in Nagarkar’s Cuckold. Language in Cuckold is not just a means of communication. It isn’t even ...
Subhash K. JhaThe Hindustan Times
…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, ...