Raincoast Books

What Will You Read Next?


A Novel


St. Martin's Press
Available: 09/29/05
5.58 x 8.14 · 944 pages
CDN $25.99 · pb

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Gregory David Roberts

An epic adventure - a mesmerizing tale set in Bombay's teeming slums and luxury hotels, filled with romance and torture, mafia gang wars and Bollywood films, and populated by spiritual gurus, mysterious ex-pats, and charismatic crime lords.
Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport, who flees a maximum security prison in Australia for a city where he can disappear. As a hunted man without a home, family, or identity, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The search leads him to war, prison, murder, and a series of betrayals. The keys to unlocking the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held by two people: Khader Khan, mafia Godfather, criminal-philosopher-saint, and mentor to Lin in the underworld of the Golden City, and Karla: elusive, dangerous, passionate and beautiful.
This novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a great love for India at its heart. It is by any measure the debut of an extraordinary voice in literature.

GREGORY DAVID ROBERTS was born in Melbourne, Australia. Sentenced to nineteen years in prison for a series of armed robberies to support a heroin addiction, he escaped and journeyed to New Zealand, Asia, Africa, and Europe. For ten of those fugitive years he lived in Bombay-where he established a free medical clinic for slum-dwellers, and worked as a counterfeiter, smuggler, gunrunner, and street soldier for a branch of the Bombay mafia. Recaptured in Germany, he served out his sentence there and in Australian prisons. Upon his release, he established a successful multimedia company, and since the international publication of Shantaram, he is a full-time writer, at home in several countries.