Farrukh Dhondy

Listen Carefully, Gaandu

Sacred Games

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Literary agents will tell you that the only way to get a collection of short stories published is to do a deal off the back of a novel. Faber has solved the conundrum for Vikram Chandra by offering two books in one. Sacred Games is not only a novel, it’s a selection of short stories interposed between the chapters of a novel.

Chandra doesn’t strain himself or the reader by making any tenuous connections between the stories and the novel. This intercalation (he calls them ‘Insets’) is obviously a new literary form. 

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