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Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil

In Narcopolis, Jeet Thayil painstakingly reveals the squalid yet almost collegiate world of a small opium den in Mumbai in the 1970s, a place where he spent many years in a haze of self-induced oblivion.  Thayil, a former addict, is a renowned poet and his lyricism lifts even the desperation…

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